Ian Pinnell - a madforsailing profile

Enterprise, Fireball and 505 Champion
Where were you born? Runcorn What’s your date of birth? 11-4-61 What age did you start sailing? 10 What was your first regatta win? Enterprise NE Area Championships 1982 What’s your biggest championship win? Fireball & Enterprise Worlds Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? 505 Europeans & Nationals, 1st Olympic regatta Miami (Soling) Where did you grow up? Middlesborough What job do you do? Sailmaker/chandler If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? Rally driver What other sports do you do outside sailing? Skiing, squash, golf Any other hobbies or interests? Cars Favourite method of relaxing? Socializing Favourite bar or pub? Barratts in Northampton What inspired you to take up sailing? My parents Where was your first sailing club? Dorman Long Marine Club Which class did you first race in? Mirror How did you buy your first boat? Washing lots of cars & mowing lawns Have you ever used a coach? Yes Do you have any professional links to the sport? Yes What’s your most memorable moment in sailing? Winning my first national Championship What’s your biggest remaining goal in sailing? Winning the 505 Worlds How much time do you spend on the water each week? 6 hours - average Do you have a sponsor, and if so, who? Pinnell & Bax - Gill Who are your Sailing heroes and why? Jochen Schumann, brilliant match racer, big fleet dinghy sailor, big boat helm. What is the best excuse you’ve ever made for a poor performance in a race? Hangover What is the best excuse you’ve ever heard for a poor performance in a race, and from who? From Vince Horney: He forgot to put his watch on What’s your favourite sailing venue? Mounts Bay - UK What’s the single thing that could most improve the running of championship regattas? Sponsorship What’s your greatest strength in sailing? Sailing in big seas What’s your greatest weakness in sailing? Light airs What’s the single most important piece of advice you could give to younger sailors? Enjoy your sailing and sail in big fleets Would you rather sail with your friends - or with Russell Coutts? Friends Who’s