Clementine Thompson

Clementine Thompson

Date of birth:
19 February 1997
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Race class:
Laser Radial
First boat you sailed and where?
Oppie on the Model Yacht Pond in Guernsey

Who got you into sailing?
My older brothers got into sailing first, so naturally I wanted to learn too so that I could compete with them!

Favourite boat?
My favourite boat has to be my Laser Radial. I like that it is one-design and raced by all abilities across the world (although Moths, Waszps and all things foiling are pretty cool too)

Biggest influence in your career to date?
My coach Penny Clark

Your worst moment in sailing so far?
In winter going into hot showers with frozen feet

Your best moment in sailing so far?
Deferring from Uni so I can sail all the time! My best result is 5th at U21 Euros 2016 which got me into P3 full-time Squad

Best sailing venue in the UK?
Largs – I love the sailing conditions there and the club on Cumbrae is really good - it even has a sauna

Best sailing venue in the World?
Malta – you can get really big swell and there’s lots to do on the island

If you weren’t a professional sailor what else would you be?
Living in a VW camper going climbing and surfing

How do you progress from a club sailor to an Olympic class sailor?
Being passionate about sailing and staying focused in your training.

What are your greatest passions outside of sailing?
Being outdoors, cooking, science, drinking tea.

Has injury ever prevented you from sailing?

Most expensive sailing accident?
When my kit bag got lost flying out to Gran Canaria and I had to buy a complete set of spare ropes and blocks to go racing. Luckily BA refunded the cost afterwards 

Do you follow any other sports?
Local sport in Guernsey and anything that’s on TV

Any heroes?
I was really inspired by Nicole Cooke’s autobiography, The Breakaway

What other sports do you play?
Rock climbing and cycling

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it?
Sailing around the world on a yacht

Name 3 things that are always in your shopping trolley?
Bananas, chicken, rice cakes

What would your super power be?
Not needing to sleep 

Dream holiday?
Going and exploring a remote tropical island

What is better about football than sailing?
You don’t need tons of equipment and it is easier to tell who is winning!
Date Event Class Position
Apr 17 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Laser Radial 74

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