Yngling girls awarded

Farrell, Howe and Shanks receive the Marlow Ropes Award

Tuesday November 8th 2005, Author: Myrrh Walker, Location: United Kingdom
After demonstrating that they have the potential to go a long way in the Yngling Gemma Farrell, Rachel Howe and Diana Shanks have been named as the November recipients of the Marlow Ropes Award. This elite award provides free rope for a year to the nominated sailors to help them in their Olympic sailing campaign.

Thrilled to win the Marlow Ropes Award, Gemma Farrell of Aylesbury commented, “There are a lot of control systems on the Yngling and keeping them all top notch is pretty difficult. By winning the Marlow Award, we now have access to the highest quality product and can feel confident that our kit will be amongst the best out there.”

Members of the RYA World Class Olympic Development Squad, Gemma Farrell, Rachel Howe of High Wycombe and Gosport’s Diana Shanks are enthusiastic about starting out on their first Olympic Campaign.

Despite only managing a sporadic season sailing, due to finishing their degrees, the team have been sailing the Yngling full time for a month and have plans to continue in the Yngling full time until London 2012.

Currently ranked 24 in the world, the girls finished 24th overall at the 2005 Yngling Worlds in Austria and have set their sights high for the 2006 season. “Our main goal is a top 10 finish at the World Championships in La Rochelle in July,” Farrell, explained. “Our campaign programme for 2005-2006 is geared towards doing well at this event.”

However the three girls have even bigger aspirations for the long term future and are hungry for a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. “As a team our goal is to represent Great Britain at the London Olympic Games. It would be a dream to win a gold medal on home waters!” Farrell enthused.

The Yngling sailors were awarded a Marlow sponsorship in recognition of their sailing achievements, hard work and determination.

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