RYA offer condolences after sailor Hywel Poole named in RAF Tornado fighter jet crash
Former RYA Squad sailor remembered
The RYA would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of former RYA Junior and Youth Squad sailor and RYA Keelboat Programme member Hywel ‘H’ Poole who has today been announced by the MoD as one of the three pilots who tragically died in the RAF Tornado fighter jet incident over the north-east coast of Scotland on Tuesday (3 July).
Flt Lt Poole, 28, from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, was sadly involved in the incident involving two Tornado GR4 aircrafts in the Moray Firth and died in hospital after being airlifted from the scene.
‘H’, who was training on Tornados, was born and grew up in Bangor, North Wales. The Port Dinorwic Sailing Club member first learned to sail at the age of 10, in an Optimist with his best friend at Beaumaris, Anglesey sailing in the Menai Straits.
‘H’ went onto become a member of the RYA British and Welsh Optimist Junior Squads and the Welsh National Laser Squad and later competed as part of the RYA Keelboat Programme from 2006 to 2009, where he sailed on both the Farr 45 and TP52.
John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager/Performance Director, commented: "‘H’ will be remembered by several RYA coaches and many sailors as a universally-liked and respected member of the RYA Racing programme, always pushing everyone to achieve their best, particularly in terms of physical fitness where he always excelled.
“Our condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”