Rory makes waves in the sailing world

Rory Hunter pictured at the International WASPZ Games in Perth Australia where he took first place and the U21 title at the same time.

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Local sailor Rory Hunter continues to make an impression in the sailing world by being nominated for a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Scotland Award.

The RYA Scotland Awards are an annual celebration of the people who make a difference across the recreational and competitive boating community in Scotland.

Rory was shortlisted for the award in the Performance of the Year category after winning the International WASPZ Games in Perth Australia where he also lifted the U21 title at the same time.

Rory trained continuously for the event, which was considered the first World Championships in the class, even acquiring a second boat, ‘Chris Thomas the second’, so that it could be kept in Australia while he trained on ‘Chris Thomas’ back in the UK.

On receiving the nomination Rory said: ‘I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for the award! In early 2018 I was torn as to whether or not to buy a WASZP, I just can’t believe how quickly the time has gone from then; to racing in Perth and having the best regatta of my life and now being shortlisted for this award!

‘I really owe the majority of my success this season to having found my love of sailing again. I came back from a bit of time out of the sport and almost every regatta I’ve done this year I’ve loved- the results just seemed to come with that.

‘My performance in Perth was a big moment for me in sailing generally. I went into the final race on very tight points. This was the first time I’d been put under this kind of pressure in a long time and I’d never had a very good history of dealing with it. To come away with the win under all that pressure was honestly one of the best moments of my life- I’m never going to forget that event and it gives me huge confidence going forward to future sailing.’

James Allan, RYA Scotland CEO said. ‘The eighth RYA Scotland Annual Awards is an opportunity for RYA Scotland to celebrate the people, who through their dedication and devotion make our activities successful. The people who bring new participants into our community and our sport, those who make the future possible for others and celebrate those who have excelled as a result of this and their own endeavours.’

The RYA Scotland Awards will take place at The Falkirk Wheel on Saturday January 25 where the winners will be announced.

Rory’s boat, number 2681, is captured at high speed during the competition. Photo: WASZP.

Rory Hunter pictured at the International WASPZ Games in Perth Australia which he won. No_B03Rory01

Rory’s boat, number 2681, is captured at high speed during the competition. Photo: WASZP. No_B06hunter03