John Greenwood - a madforsailing profile


A Finn fanatic who knows a good yarn or two about Rod Carr
What's your date of birth? 2nd November 1959 Where were you born? Chesterfield, Derbyshire. At what age did you start sailing? About four and a half. What inspired you to take up sailing? I just got taken by my Dad. Where was your first sailing club? Ogston Sailing Club. Which class did you first race in? GP14 . How did you buy your first boat? Borrowed from Dad, that was to buy Terry Neilson's Vanguard Finn in 1982. Before then I had a borrowed GP age nine, Dad got me a Solo age 11, I think I had a Lark with my brother age 13 and my first Laser at 17. I swapped the Laser three years later for Robin Webb's Finn. What was your first regatta win? Outside club sailing it was NSSA Regatta at Grafham in 1973. Won Mirror under-15 in 1973. Mark and Ruth Rushall won the whole thing. What's your biggest event or championship win? Probably it is the Veteran Worlds in the Finn last summer because it was a World Championship. Any other notable regattas that you have taken part in you would like to mention? Winning J24 Nationals in '91 was probably most fun because we won every event that year. Star Districts was most memorable because I proposed to Bridget after winning before last day. Which event will you be taking part in next? Next international event will probably be Star Europeans with a young Finn guy who wants to learn about Star sailing, followed by Abersoch and the GP 14 Nationals with the kids. Do you do any sailing-specific off the water training? Not really, sit-ups and a bit of running, plus some stretching and that's to get my socks on. Which coaches do you use if any? I have been sailing against myself for nearly 38 years now so I usually ask myself

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