Name: Chris Loughridge  

Club: Newtownards Sailing Club  

Age: 58  

How did you get into sailing?

I started sailing dinghies at school about age 16 based at Antrim Sailing club. Then started windsurfing at Craigavon with some dental student friends in about 1980 aged 21 - when I was supposed to be making dentures in the School of Dentistry!  

What do you enjoy most about sailing?

I love being ‘out on the water’ be it sailing, surfing or paddle boarding. When the wind is light it is very peaceful and almost meditational, when it’s blowing hard and/or the waves are big the adrenaline rush is amazing!  

Chris on a windsurf board in his irish sea attemptWhat are your top three experiences?

1) Windsurfing across the Irish Sea from Cushendal to the Mull of Kintyre in a world record time last June!

2) Winning the Downings windsurfing event (twice!)

3) Wavesailing the reef at Magheroarity on any big wave day!  

Tell us something we don’t know about you:

I was 13th in the longboard division of the World Surfing Championships in 1990 and I was the drummer in a Punk/New Wave band  

What do you enjoy doing when not sailing?

I love my job as a dentist... I am privileged to work with a fantastic team. I also love skiing, especially off-piste! I’m playing the drums again occasionally with my old band Shock Treatment and I enjoy playing golf  

What are your ambitions for the future?

In the future I would like to set the record for the fastest windsurf crossing from Donaghadee to Portpatrick, firstly on my own and then on a tandem! (anyone interested??) I also want to race the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan!  

Who do you admire the most in sport?

In sport I’m a huge admirer of Sir Alex Ferguson for his focus, drive and determination amongst other things. In windsurfing I’m a big admirer of Nick Fletcher as a competitive sailor, as organiser of the fantastic Downings event, and as a promoter of all things windsurfing!