Stuart Bithell

Stuart Bithell

Date of birth:
28 August 1986
Star sign:
Virgo
Place of Birth:
Manchester
Current Hometown:
Portland
Race class:
49er

First boat you sailed and where? 

Crewing for my old man in a firefly at my local sailing club, Hollingworth lake. I was seven at the time.

Most influential person in your sailing career to date?

My old man

What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?

Olympic Silver medal 2012 470 class. Selection for the 2015 Olympic test event in the 49er class

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

The process of setting a 'vision' and being methodical and experimental with weekly goals to achieve that vision.    

What would be your ultimate achievement?

To be one of a hand full of crews to have medaled in different disciplines at the Olympic games. Long term -  a career in the Americas cup. 

How do you set your goals?

With great care. Monitor and measure along the time line.

What is your biggest challenge, and how do you manage this challenge?

For the goal of Olympic glory in 2016, the biggest challenge is getting sufficient quality time in the Olympic venue.  

What is your diet like?

Good

Do you have any recommended resources to share?

Slaying the dragon, by Michael Johnson. Also 'Legacy' by James Kerr 

Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, where did it lead?

2009 - 470 world championships - after years and years of hard work and commitment, in 2009 I teamed up with a guy [Luke Patience] who's strengths were very different to mine, instantly we were a team with big potential. We medaled at our first 470 world championships together in 2009. In 2012 we stood on the Olympic podium together. 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Make sure you keep it fun, and enjoy every moment. 

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

"he who dares wins.........rodney" 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from the successful British Gold medal winning sailing teams over the past eight years. There relentless drive and commitment for success and gold medals is  something that will send shivers down your spine. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love chips and gravy. 

Date Event Class Position
Jun 17 Sailing World Cup Final Santander 49er 3
Apr 17 Sailing World Cup Hyeres 49er 2
Apr 17 Trofeo Princesa Sofía 49er 3
Jan 17 Sailing World Cup Miami 49er 1
Jun 16 Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland 49er 3
Apr 16 Sailing World Cup Hyeres 49er 6
Feb 16 49er & 49erFX World Championship 49er 7
Jan 16 Sailing World Cup Miami 49er 4
Nov 15 49er & 49erFX World Championship 49er 6
Nov 15 49er & 49erFX South American Championship 49er 6
Oct 15 French Olympic Sailing Week 49er 9
Aug 15 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 (Rio 2016 Test Event) 49er 7
Jul 15 49er European Championship 49er 3
Jun 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland 49er 3
Apr 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 49er 8
Jan 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 49er 5
Nov 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi 49er 3
Sep 14 ISAF Sailing World Championships 49er 6
Aug 14 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event) 49er 5
Jul 14 49er & 49erFX European Championship 49er 9
Jun 14 Sail for Gold Regatta 49er 3
May 14 Delta Lloyd Regatta 49er 2
Apr 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 49er 5
Mar 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 49er 7
Jan 14 49er & 49erFX North American Championships 49er 2
Jan 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 49er 5
Dec 13 Palamos Christmas Race 49er 10
Jun 13 Sail for Gold Regatta 49er 9
Jun 13 49er & 49er FX European Championship 49er 32
May 13 Delta Lloyd Regatta 49er 15
Apr 13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 49er 37
Mar 13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 49er 39
Jul 12 London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition 470 (Men) 2
Jun 12 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta 470 (Men) 2
Mar 12 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE 470 (Men) 19
Jan 12 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR 470 (Men) 14
Dec 11 Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships 470 (Men) 2
Jun 11 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta 470 (Men) 6
Jun 11 Open Europeans in Olympic Sailing Classes 470 (Men) 3
Apr 11 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE 470 (Men) 3
Apr 11 Semaine Olympique Francaise 470 (Men) 16
Jan 11 470 North American Championships 470 (Men) 4
Jan 11 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR 470 (Men) 3
Aug 10 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta 470 (Men) 3
Aug 10 470 European Championships 470 (Men) 3
Jul 10 Delta Lloyd - 470 World Championships 470 (Men) 8
May 10 Delta Lloyd Regatta 470 (Men) 8
Apr 10 International 470 Spring Cup 470 (Men) 18
Apr 10 Semaine Olympique Francaise 470 (Men) 28
Mar 10 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE 470 (Men) 32
Jan 10 470 North American Championships 470 (Men) 1
Jan 10 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR 470 (Men) 13
Sep 09 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta 470 (Men) 2
Aug 09 470 World Championships 470 (Men) 2
Feb 08 Sail Auckland Tornado 16
Feb 08 Tornado World Championship Tornado 25
Jan 08 Tornado Asia Pacific Championships & Australian Championship Tornado 14
Jan 08 Sail Melbourne International Regatta Olympic & Invited Classes Tornado 16
Jun 07 ISAF Sailing World Championships Tornado 25
Aug 05 470 World Championships 470 (Men) 63



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