Ian Barker - a madforsailing profile

Helmed his 49er to Silver
Where were you born? Cardiff What’s your date of birth? 10/8/66 What age did you start sailing? 8 What was your first regatta win? South Wales area champs What’s your biggest championship win? 505 Worlds Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? Enterprise Worlds Where did you grow up? Penarth, South Wales What job do you do? Don’t, just sail If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? No idea What other sports do you do outside sailing? Skiing Any other hobbies or interests? Nothing special Favourite method of relaxing? Strong Lager Favourite bar or pub? Any with strong lager What inspired you to take up sailing? Started sailing with my Dad. Where was your first sailing club? Penarth YC Which class did you first race in? Enterprise How did you buy your first boat? Saved money from loft insulation job. Have you ever used a coach? Yes Do you have any professional links to the sport? Used to be a sailmaker What’s your most memorable moment in sailing? Olympics What’s your biggest remaining goal in sailing? To win the Americas Cup for GB. How much time do you spend on the water each week? 20 hours Do you have a sponsor, and if so, who? Holt Allen fittings Who are your Sailing heroes and why? When I was young it was Ian Southworth in Enterprises. He used to win everything. What is the best excuse you’ve ever made for a poor performance in a race? Don’t make excuses. What is the best excuse you’ve ever heard for a poor performance in a race, and from who? Hangover. Ian Walker, Tim Robinson What’s your favourite sailing venue? Durban, South Africa. What’s the single thing that could most improve the running of championship regattas? Race officers stopping races that are crap. What’s your greatest strength in sailing? Tactics What’s your greatest weakness in sailing? Don’t really have one. What’s the single most important piece of advice you could give to younger sailors? Use your brain Would you rather sail with your friends - or with Russell Coutts? Friends. Who’s the best sailor in Britain? Many, many