Jason Belben - madforsailing profile

Recent winner of the RS800 Nationals
Where were you born? Gosport, Hampshire. What’s your date of birth? 13th September 1965. What age did you start sailing? Six years old. What was your first regatta win? Optimist Nationals 1979. What’s your biggest championship win? The 420 World Championships, and then the British Olympic 470 trials in 1988. Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? RS800 Nationals 2000. Where did you grow up? Gosport. What job do you do? Sales and Technical support for Frederikson Boat Fittings. If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? Navel Architect. What other sports do you do outside sailing? None. Any other hobbies or interests? No. Favourite method of relaxing? Watching TV. Favourite bar or pub? A real ale one. What inspired you to take up sailing? My parents and being close to the sea. Where was your first sailing club? Stokes Bay Sailing Club. Which class did you first race in? Optimist. How did you buy your first boat? My father built it. Have you ever used a coach? Jim Saltonstall. Do you have any professional links to the sport? Only job related. What’s your most memorable moment in sailing? Qualifying for the Olympics. What’s your biggest remaining goal in sailing? To win a medal at the Olympics. How much time do you spend on the water each week? Four hours. Do you have a sponsor, and if so, who? Frederikson Boats. What is the best excuse you’ve ever made for a poor performance in a race? Wrong weight for the boat. What’s your favourite sailing venue? Stokes Bay. What’s the single thing that could most improve the running of championship regattas? Get professional race officers. What’s your greatest strength in sailing? Focus, mental control. What’s your greatest weakness in sailing? Too self-confident. What’s the single most important piece of advice you could give to younger sailors? Enjoy it. Would you rather sail with friends - or Russell Coutts? Friends. Who’s the best sailor in Britain? Ben Ainslie. Who’s the best sailor in the world? Don't know. ==================================================== If you're reading this and you