Will Street

  • 2.4mR Open Meeting Oxford, 1-2 December

    A friend lent us a van for the weekend. He had fitted a couple of beds and the idea was to get all our gear in and to sleep in it over the weekend. We wanted to see if the size was about what we needed as we would like to get a van ourselves when we can afford one. The first problem was getting it out of a boggy field where it was stored. Following sinking to the axels we were on our way after about an hour, thanks to help from a farmer and his John Deere tractor. We got to Oxford on Friday night and spent a very cold night in the van. Ice on the inside of the windows confirmed this!

    There were 10 entries for this, the last National Ranking event of the year and a good result would qualify me for a grant toward the cost of travelling to the Princess Sophia Trophy World Cup event next April.

    On Saturday we had 3 races in about 10 knots of wind. In the first race I wanted to get out to the right under a big cloud unfortunately I had to sail to leeward of a boat which was almost stopped at the committee boat end. Seconds before the start he bore off, to build speed, which opened a gap for Iain Stowe to get in. Iain tacked straight away and although I could get across quickly, I could not catch Iain who sailed well and gave me no opportunity to get passed, I finished second. In the next race I got ahead of Iain and covered him up the first beat. Luke sailed a good first beat to round the first mark ahead of us and he sailed a great race and continued to extend his lead to the finish. I was second. In the final race of the day I got away and lead until the pole outhaul line got tangled and I could not free it up. With no way to sheet the jib in I had to retire. We sailed two races on Sunday in very light and fluky winds. I was third in both giving me second overall behind Iain who again sailed well and thoroughly deserved first overall. I was pleased to finish the year first in the UK 2.4mR travellers series and first Paralympic boat in the National Ranker series, securing the travel grant for Palma next year.

    On the way home a huge cloud of black smoke from the van’s exhaust signalled it was time to call on the AA relay again.


2.4mR Sailor

Will Profile 2.4crop



At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with Freidriechs Ataxia, a degenerative genetic disorder which affects my nerves and muscle co-ordination. I have chosen not to research my condition as I would rather live for today and focus on the life I lead rather than dwell on what might be.

My passion is sailing and my aim is to win the World Championships and when sailing regains its Paralympic status, a Gold Medal.

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These are the next events that I will be competing in. In the meantime I will be training at WPNSA at Portland.

Para World Sailing Championships Sheboygan USA, 16-22 September

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