Kevin Sproul - a madforsailing profile


A south coast Scotsman
Where were you born? Falkirk, Scotland. What’s your date of birth? 13th March 1963. What age did you start sailing? 6 years old. What was your first regatta win? Scottish Youth Championships. What’s your biggest championship win? Melges 24 European Gold Cup. Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? Mumm 30 Europeans, Farr 40 Europeans, 420 Nationals, British Youth Championships, Boss Eurocup. Where did you grow up? Falkirk, Scotland. What job do you do? Sales and Marketing Director at Hyde Sails. If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? Running my own photographic business. What other sports do you do outside sailing? Football, Squash. Any other hobbies or interests? I am 'madforsport' of any type except synchronized swimming, which I hate! Favourite method of relaxing? Holiday in Antigua. Favourite bar or pub? The Key in Hamble What inspired you to take up sailing? My Father was a keen sailor. Where was your first sailing club? Monklands Sailing Club in Scotland. Which class did you first race in? Graduate. How did you buy your first boat? My father bought it! Have you ever used a coach? Yes, one of the best - Jim Saltonstall. Do you have any professional links to the sport? Yes, through my work, Hyde Sails. What’s your most memorable moment in sailing? Racing around the Brittany coast during the Tour Voile 2000 in a Mumm 30, we had between 25 and 30 knots of wind from directly behind and hit speeds of up to 23 knots. We covered a hundred miles in six hours - an amazing day's sailing! But sailing the Ultra 30 from Hamble to Portsmouth and then racing in 30 knots was also pretty exciting. What’s your biggest remaining goal in sailing? To win as many championships in as many classes as possible! How much time do you spend on the water each week? So far this year I've spent a hundred days on the water. Do you have a sponsor, and if so, who? Not at the moment,

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