Up and coming cat sailors

We talk to British cat sailor Ed Barney about his rise with Andew Walsh in the Tornado and F18
The Tornado has traditionally been a class that has rewarded those sailors who have been able to spend a huge amount of time refining the gear and the art of sailing these demanding craft. Since the Tornado Sport came out, however, there has been an influx of young, talented sailors jumping into the class and achieving very impressive results - breaking the long standing hierarchy. Two such people are Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney, who have been sailing a Tornado together for just over three years. At the World Championships in 2004 the pair managed an unassuming 54th position but followed this with a hugely impressive 15th overall at this year’s event. This leap in results has seen the pairing jump from the GBR Olympic Development Programme into the Team GBR World Class Performance Squad. As such the pair now sail full time on funding from the RYA. Both Walsh (the helm) and Barney (the crew) have their roots in slower paced mono-hulls. Walsh started sailing when he was about ten in Oppies and from there moved on through the RYA youth squad system into a Laser Radial and eventually a Laser. He had reasonable success in the Laser but felt that success would be limited in the class due to his small size. It was after this that he decided to get a Tornado. His team mate Barney came to sailing fairly late in comparison, starting out when he was 14. He was part of the 29er youth squad at the age of 16 and then moved into the 49er which he sailed briefly with Alex Cherry. The pair first met at Exeter University where they both studied Sports Sciences. Walsh was already sailing a Tornado at the time and in 2002 asked Barney to fill in as his crew