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Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:00


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.

For the latest news from the British Sailing Team visit www.britishsailingteam.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BritishSailing.

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Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00


NEWPORT, R.I. (June 4, 2015) – At an awards ceremony following racing for the Gill Coed National Championship at the Sail Newport Waterfront Center at Fort Adams and New York Yacht Club, the honors for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award and the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team were presented. The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Everett B. Morris Trophy is awarded annually to the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year for outstanding performance at the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year. The trophy is named in memory of a distinguished journalist who spent more than 30 years, as a yachting writer and editor. This year there were two finalists for the prestigious award: Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.), a junior at Georgetown University and Graham Landy (Norfolk, Va.), a senior at Yale University.

Although both sailors have had incredible years, the winner, calculated by the numbers is Nevin Snow. Snow placed first with his team at the Match Race National Championship, fifth at the Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, fifth overall and third in A-division with his team at the 2015 Gill Coed National Championship. He also finished fifth with his team at the 2015 LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship.

Snow was named an All-American for the 2013 season, his freshman year at Georgetown and also for the 2014 season. Snow has already had an impressive collegiate sailing career as a junior.

“I am ecstatic – a little surprised – but relieved,” says Snow of the award. “It [college sailor of the year] is something that I have thought about, after being a finalist last year,” he says. “But it has not been on my mind over the last days of competition,” he continues, “Especially after the other finalist, Graham Landy, has sailed so well.”

Snow credits his coaches, Mike Callahan and Janel Zarkowsky, with being his biggest supporters.

“It’s a long year in college sailing,” says Mike Callahan, “Everyone thinks of the spring championships as the big events, but there are six championships and Nevin has done well in all of them,” says Callahan. “What makes him great is his ability to excel in all types of boats and all types of conditions,” says Callahan.

Georgetown has had numerous College Sailors of the Year over the last few years. “We have done a good job of having our good sailors impart their wisdom and abilities down to the next generation of sailors,” he says.

Snow grew up sailing in San Diego and says that his parents got him into the sport. “My Dad works for North Sails and my Mom did an Olympic campaign in the 470,” he says. It’s in his blood.

Snow is studying physics and math at Georgetown and will graduate next spring. In the meantime he has one more year of college sailing.

“I can’t wait for next year,” Snow says. “We have a lot of new freshman coming in and as sad as we are to lose our seniors, we are excited for what’s new and next,” he says.

The winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for best overall collegiate team is College of Charleston. Georgetown University was second and Boston College was third in line for the trophy. The team with the most Fowle points, which are compiled results of the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded, Men’s Singlehanded, Match Racing, Coed Semi-Finals, Women’s, Team Racing, and Coed National Championships, determines the Fowle trophy.

Charleston had a successful competitive year including placing 8th place at the Women’s Singlehanded National Championship, first at the Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, fifth at the Match Race Nationals, fifth at the 2015 Sperry Women’s National Championship, fourth at the 2015 LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, first in the 2015 Eastern Gill Coed Semi-Finals and 4th at the 2015 Gill Coed National Championship.

The Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award is awarded annually to the Sportsman of the Year. The trophy honors Robert Hobbs (MIT '64), past Executive Vice President of ICSA, past President of U.S. Sailing (1992-1994), and former chair of the U.S. Sailing Olympic Committee.

This year’s finalists are Kieran Chung (Newport Beach, Calif.) a senior at Stanford University and Mary Hall (Seminole, Fla.), a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, both of whom have shown outstanding sportsmanship during their collegiate sailing career. This year’s winner is Kieran Chung.

“This is a huge surprise,” says Chung, “I never thought I would receive it,” he says. “It is humbling to be named with past recipients of this award – especially Adam Roberts who was a coach at Stanford – it is a unique award and I am really proud,” says Chung.

Chung grew up sailing in Newport Beach, Calif. at Newport Harbor Yacht Club after his grandparents suggested he give it a try at age 13.

In addition to Chung’s excellent college sailing record, he was named an All-American in 2014. Chung will graduate on June 14th from Stanford with a major in Biomechanical Engineering and plans to apply to medical school.

“I definitely want to continue to sail,” says Chung. “I will be team racing this summer domestically and in England and hope to pick up another class that will be fun to sail in the future,” he says.

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.
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