Hector Simpson

Hector Simpson

Date of birth:
29 June 1995
Star sign:
Place of Birth:
Keighley, Bradford
Current Hometown:
Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Race class:
First boat sailed and where?

Pico on Tees River

Who inspired you to start sailing?

My Dad encouraged me to do my RYA level 1!

Biggest influence in your career to date?

My Dad for all the support over the years

Your worst moment in sailing?

A protest against the entire fleet at the European Championships for sailing the wrong course chucked out because of a small error on the protest form

Your best moment in sailing?

Becoming both U19 and U21 Laser National Champion

Best sailing venue in the UK

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club!

Best sailing venue in the World?

Lake Garda

Most annoying rule in the sailing rule book?


What do you most love about sailing?

That no race is the same due the nature of the ever changing variables.

What has sailing taught you?

Taught me many skills including organisation, time management and those who work hard normally do the best.

Most memorable sailing race you have competed in and why?

My first ever race where I caught the racing bug!

Career highlight?

Yorkshire and Humberside Youth Sailor of the Year

If you weren’t a sailor what else would you be?

A typical student heading towards the city.

How do you progress from a club sailor to an Olympic class sailor?

Through the RYA’s squad program and utilizing the advice given along the way.

What are your greatest passions outside of sailing?

Chilling out, other sports

Do you follow/play any other sports?

I like to cycle and follow the Tour De France every year

Has injury ever prevented you from sailing?

Thankfully not

Most expensive sailing accident?

Snapping a laser mast in 35 knots!

Any heroes?

Not really

What football club do you support?

I don’t really but would probably be Bradford City if I had to choose.

Worst habit?

Being competitive over everything

What’s your greatest fear or phobia?

Not achieving the goals I set myself

Best Advice?

Do what you enjoy

How do you spend your time when you are not sailing?

A combination of fitness, studying, organising and chilling out

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it?

Go Karting

Do you have any lucky charms or rituals?


If you had a theme song what would it be?

Fort Minor- Remember The Name

Name three things that are always in your shopping trolley?

Milk, bread, chicken

What was the last book you read?

Fooled by Randomness

Dream holiday?

Sailing, windsurfing, cycling and skiing all in one!

Childhood hero?


Favorite quote:

Don’t have one

Date Event Class Position
Apr 17 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Finn 35
Jul 16 Finn Silver Cup Finn 6
Mar 16 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Finn 15
Mar 16 Finn European Championships Finn 52
May 15 Open European Championships Finn 32
Apr 15 Princess Sofia Trophy Finn 42

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