In 2024, four sailors across the youth and junior pathways have been selected to have subsidised access to our Performance Academy group training, a mentoring programme and team kit through our Performance Academy Sailing Scholarships. We are proud to announce that one of these sailors is Wilbur Palmer Wrd!

Hi, I am Wilbur. My first taste of sailing was when mum used to take me from Emsworth to Langston for ice creams in our mirror. I have progressed hugely since then and have many memorable moments.  

I have been fortunate to represent GBR twice; for the Junior team at the Irish nationals and for the first development team at the Optimist Gold Cup in Italy. Both events were amazing opportunities to improve my sailing and meet international sailors.  

I have also competed in the Magic Marine optimist easter regatta finishing in the top quarter of Gold Fleet, a result owed to my commitment to winter training.  

I have competed in 2 two national championships in Weymouth. The first, at 10, in regatta racing fleet. The second I finished fifth British boy in the Junior main fleet. By far my best result to date was finishing 12th overall at the EOS Championships at Parkstone Yacht Club.  

I am looking forward to my future sailing in Optimists and progressing into other boats and excited about becoming a coach and giving back to the community through teaching sailing. 

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