Ali Young

Ali Young

Date of birth:
29 May 1987
Star sign:
Gemini
Place of Birth:
Wolverhampton
Current Hometown:
Portland
Nickname:
Bongo
Race class:
Laser Radial

First boat you sailed and where?   

GP14 at Trimpley Sailing Club with my dad

Who got you into sailing?

My mum got my dad some sailing lessons for his birthday when I was about 8 and I got into sailing then, although my Uncle Paul also needs a mention for taking my dad sailing in the Lakes before that!

Favourite boat?      

Laser radial because of its close racing and hard hiking

Biggest influence in your career to date?  

My current coach Hugh Styles and the support staff on the British Sailing Team  

Worst moment in sailing?

Got plenty of mistakes to learn from. Capsizing onto the leeward gate in 20kts was a pretty effective way to lose 20 places though. 

Best moment in sailing?

Leading around he windward mark in the first race of the 2014 Acquece Rio regatta after 10 months away from racing 

Best sailing venue in the UK?

Weymouth bay in a SE

Best sailing venue in the World?

Rio's pretty cool, bit like Weymouth but crazier.

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

I’ve got a degree in civil engineering so would be using that somewhere.

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

Training hard and smart      

Most expensive sailing accident? 

At the 2011 worlds I managed to rip a sail on an anchor before the medal race so had to pay £400 to replace it for a 20 minute race.   

What football club you support?

West Brom

Do you follow any other sports?

Football, athletics

Any heroes? 

No heroes just inspired by people who achieve their goals

What other sports do you play?

Bit of uni-cycling, have attempted kite surfing. 

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

One day I’d like to run the London Marathon, I think it would have a great atmosphere

Worst habit?

Wasting time

What word or phrase most depicts your personality?

Quirky

If you had a theme song – what would it be?  

Killer instinct by Black Star Riders. 

Name three things that are always in your shopping trolley?

Porridge, apples, chewing gum

What makes you angry?

Car parking charges

Dream holiday?

Walking in the Lake District

What's better about football than sailing? 

Nothing’s better than sailing     

Date Event Class Position
Apr 17 Sailing World Cup Hyeres Laser Radial 4
Apr 17 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Laser Radial 11
Aug 16 Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition Laser Radial 8
Jun 16 Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland Laser Radial 14
Apr 16 Sailing World Cup Hyeres Laser Radial 3
Apr 16 Laser Radial World Championship Laser Radial 1
Mar 16 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Laser Radial 63
Feb 16 Laser Radial European Championship Laser Radial 5
Jan 16 Sailing World Cup Miami Laser Radial 4
Nov 15 Laser Radial World Championship Radial 7
Oct 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi Laser Radial 8
Sep 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao Laser Radial 13
Aug 15 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 (Rio 2016 Test Event) Laser Radial 8
Jun 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland Laser Radial 4
Apr 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Laser Radial 8
Apr 15 Princess Sofia Trophy Laser Radial 2
Jan 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Laser Radial 5
Nov 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi Laser Radial 4
Sep 14 ISAF Sailing World Championships Laser Radial 9
Aug 14 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event) Laser Radial 2
Dec 13 Semana Olimpica Canaria De Vela Laser Radial 29
Sep 13 World Laser Radial Women's Championship Laser Radial 17
Aug 13 Laser Radial Women European Championship Laser Radial 3
Jun 13 Sail for Gold Regatta Laser Radial 6
May 13 Delta Lloyd Regatta Laser Radial 3
Apr 13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Laser Radial 3
Mar 13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma Laser Radial 1
Dec 12 Palamos Christmas Race Laser Radial 1
Jul 12 London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Laser Radial 5
Jun 12 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Laser Radial 1
May 12 Audi - World Laser Radial Women's Championship Laser Radial 4
Apr 12 Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile Laser Radial 4
Mar 12 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Laser Radial 10
Jan 12 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Laser Radial 4
Dec 11 Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Laser Radial 7
Nov 11 Sail Melbourne International Regatta Olympic & Invited Classes Laser Radial 4
Sep 11 Delta Lloyd Open Dutch Sailing Championships for Olympic & Paralympic Classes Laser Radial 2
Jun 11 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Laser Radial 7
Jun 11 Open Europeans in Olympic Sailing Classes Laser Radial 31
Apr 11 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Laser Radial 14
Apr 11 Semaine Olympique Francaise Laser Radial 21
Jan 11 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Laser Radial 9
Aug 10 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Laser Radial 16
Jul 10 World Laser Radial Women's Championship Laser Radial 12
Jun 10 Laser European Standard & Laser European Laser Radial Women's Championship Laser Radial 24
Apr 10 Semaine Olympique Francaise Laser Radial 32
Mar 10 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Laser Radial 18
Jan 10 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Laser Radial 3
Sep 09 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Laser Radial 9
Jul 09 Laser Radial European Women's Championship Laser Radial 26
Jul 09 Laser Radial Women World Championship Laser Radial 26
Jun 09 Kieler Woche (Olympic Classes 19-24 June) Laser Radial 26
May 09 Delta Lloyd Regatta Laser Radial 15
Apr 09 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Laser Radial 29
Apr 09 Semaine Olympique Francaise Laser Radial 24
Dec 08 Sydney International Regatta Laser Radial 1
Dec 08 Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta Laser Radial 5
Dec 08 Australian Laser Championships Laser Radial 2
Jul 08 European Laser Standard & Laser Radial Championship Laser Radial 32
Jun 08 Kiel Week Laser Radial 8
Mar 08 Laser Radial Woman World Championship Laser Radial 89
Jul 07 Laser Radial European Championship Laser Radial 14
Jun 07 ISAF Sailing World Championships Laser Radial 29
Apr 07 Semaine Olympique Française Laser Radial 38
Dec 06 Christmas Race Laser Radial 1
Jul 06 Laser Radial World Championships Laser Radial 42
Jun 06 Laser Radial European Championships Laser Radial 34
May 06 Holland Regatta Laser Radial 13
Apr 06 HRH Princess Sofia Trophy Laser Radial 34
Dec 05 Laser Radial World Championships Laser Radial 27
Aug 05 Laser Radial European Championship Laser Radial 33
Jul 05 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships Laser Radial 3
May 05 Holland Regatta Laser Radial 33



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