Dell Quay member a World Champion

Huge congratulations to Dell Quay member and Firefly sailor Harvey Hillary, who was last week was crowned International 14 World Champion in Perth, Australia.

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The International 14 is the formula 1 of skiff racing and Harvey and his helm Archie Massey performed consistently well in extreme conditions to dominate the series and win the event with a race to spare. The celebrations went on long into the night and both Harvey and the good ship ‘Zog’ are now on their way back home to the UK.

Harvey grew up on typical harbour racing at Chichester YC, where I first meet him as a teenager, back in the mid 1990’s when he started seriously racing his then Laser. He then moved into the Solo Class. He had one of the first all wood Gosling Solos, number 4004, which he let me have a sail in. It was electric downwind I recall, nothing like any other solo I had sailed before.

Harvey campaigned this Gosling Solo 4004, and a rig which was state of the art at the time, a Wavelength mast and a beautiful North laminate SM7, in 1998 he was just pipped by Jim Hunt to the Solo National title at Paignton that year. Harvey then moved into in a number of classes before going on to compete successfully in a host of international events in the 49er class, and then becoming an elite RYA racing coach.

In addition to campaigning the I14, Harvey can be found racing his blue Firefly at Dell quay will his 6 year old daughter. We look forward to seeing Harvey on the water, in the bar and in the classroom giving our junior sailors some racing tips!

Mark Harper DQSC

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