MARLOW ROPES AWARD WINNER Q3 - Ben Cornish.
Ben Cornish is the latest member of the British Sailing Team to be awarded the Marlow Ropes Award following his ninth place at the Finn European Championship (8-17 May) in Split, Croatia, a result which saw him qualify for the Podium Squad.
The Marlow Ropes Award was introduced in 2002 with the aim of rewarding Britain’s most promising young sailors for their determination, focus and talent.
Just 18 months after transitioning from the Laser to the Finn, Cornish secured his first international top ten at the Europeans: “It’s nice to see the progression of a lot of hard work over the last couple of years being rewarded with a result. It’s good to be moving up towards the front of the Finn fleet.”
He followed this up with an eighth place finish at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland confirming his place in the British Sailing Team Podium Squad and now works alongside World Champion, Giles Scott.
“It’s been really useful doing all the speed testing stuff together – in a debrief you can relate to technique or just get his opinion of what you’re doing and the differences between the two. It’s being able to take the confidence that what he’s doing is clearly right, so there’s zero doubt that that’s what you should be trying to achieve. I’ve found that really useful.”
Cornish is currently out in Rio training with Scott ahead of the Aquece Rio Test Event (15 – 22 August), and Cornish is already planning his 2020 Olympic campaign: “Rio is really a bit too soon for me, so the Tokyo Games is the one I’m looking ahead to.
“Although there’s only one spot for the Games each time, there are still a lot of major regattas between now and then, and it’s on my radar to try and keep improving and push on towards the top ten in the world. Our World Championships this year are in November in New Zealand so I’ll be pushing to make the top ten there. I think that’s a realistic target for me.”
The Marlow award entitles the British Sailing Team sailor to free Marlow rope for a year, not having to worry about the cost of equipment is an advantage for Cornish: “The Marlow Award has been really useful to me – every bit of support that we get is a huge benefit, and having a company like Marlow who we use and we trust is really useful.
“Being able to cover our boats in their rope is what we need to do and gives me confidence that my kit is as good as it can be. Being able to use brand new rope and not having to worrying about the costs of replacing it is a massive advantage.”
Milly Stone, Marketing Executive, Marlow Ropes said: “The Marlow Ropes Award was designed to try and help the up and coming sailors of the British Sailing Team progress into the Podium Squad and give them all of the equipment they need in order to progress their career.
“The Award this time around will benefit Ben because he will be able to play around with different types of ropes in order to try and whatever suits his style of sailing.
“In all the years that we have run the Marlow Ropes Award we have always received feedback from the sailors and worked with them extensively on new products for each Olympic cycle. We find that working with the team is vital as the feedback we receive is influential in developing and improving our products at Marlow.”
As well as supporting up-and-coming sailors, Marlow Ropes are also the official supplier to the British Sailing Team thanks to its industry-renowned reputation for producing products tried, tested and trusted in the world’s harshest environments.
For further information on Marlow Ropes including the latest products and technical information visit www.marlowropes.com.
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