Snettisham Beach Club member Barnham sails towards national championships

Fergus Barnham
Fergus Barnham

Fergus Barnham (pictured) is taking part in two national sailing championships this summer, competing in the RS Aero Championship at the end of August and the 2000 Class starting on August 10.

The Snettisham Beach Sailing Club member has competed in the 2000 Class championship several times before, his best results being fourth in 2013 and fifth in 2014.

The RS Aero is a boat he has recently started sailing, in competition with his brother Finlay.

Fergus commented: “The RS Aero is the fastest growing class in the UK at the moment and I am keen to get stuck in.

“There will probably be 40 or 50 boats taking part at Weymouth National Sailing Academy, the home of British competitive dinghy sailing, and where the 2012 Olympics were held.

“It is an exciting boat to sail, it accelerates very quickly, and it is quite physical.”

Fergus started sailing at Snettisham Beach at the age of six encouraged by his mum and dad, Laura and Jasper Barnham, who have been 2000 Class national champions three times.

He said: “It’s a great club to get stuck into sailing. It is on our doorstep and starting there has taken me to some great places around the UK and abroad.”

If you want to get afloat check out the opportunities on the website at www.snet beach.co.uk or speak to Jane Leet: chief dinghy & power instructor at: c_instructor@snetbeach.co.uk  07938 190 846 or 01485 779 027