Paul Brotherton - a madforsailing profile

The man whose passion for sailing only just outweighs his enthusiasm for Manchester United ...
Where were you born? Oldham, Manchester. What’s your date of birth? 11th July 1966. What age did you start sailing? Sailing at age four and racing at seven. What was your first regatta win? It wasn’t a regatta but winning the Blackpool and Fleetwood Eskimo pursuit race at 14 was ace! What’s your biggest championship win? 1998 49er Europeans. Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? Sixth in the Olympics 1992 , third in the 470 Worlds. Where did you grow up? Oldham. What job do you do? Professional sailor and coach. If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? I served an engineering apprenticeship to stop my mum from nagging, so I suppose I'd be an engineer at Cobden Chadwick Ltd. What other sports do you do outside sailing? Football, cycling - anything I can. Any other hobbies or interests? The glorious Manchester United and the not-so-glorious England - forget Sven the Scandahooligan, we want Rod Carr for England! Favourite method of relaxing? Being in a position where I have nothing to do and nowhere to go, it happened once! Favourite bar or pub? Mare and Foal in Oldham or the ex-Wellies in Hamble, which is where I met my wife. What inspired you to take up sailing? A boring family holiday in the Lake District when I was three and my Mum saw a boat and decided it was something we could all do together. Where was your first sailing club? Fairfield Sailing Club in Stockport. Which class did you first race in? Enty. How did you buy your first boat? It was a seven year old 470 from Nigel Musto, bought with a bank loan. It was just the hull. I was working on the shop floor at Proctors so I persuaded them to give me a rig. At the first event we did we had no sails, so we