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Iain PERCY (GBR)

Iain PERCY (GBR)After jumping into the Star Class from the Finn a mere ten months ago, Iain, with crew Steve Mitchell, has charged his way up the World Sailing Rankings to place 2nd in the world, compared to when he first entered the rankings in February 2002 placed 156th. Since then his grit, determination and sheer talent have led him to victory in one of the most hotly contested events in the Star calendar, the Star Class World Championship.

Iain has also been transferring his skills to 'big boat' racing, including guiding 'Struntje Light' (GER) to 2nd place at the Farr 40 Europeans ahead of fellow nominee John Kostecki on 'Nela' (GER).

The Achievements of Iain Percy


1st - Star Class World Championships, August 2002 - Grade W
2nd - Farr 40 Europeans (tactician), July 2002
1st - SPA Regatta, May 2002 - Grade 1
2nd - Star Spring Championships of the Western Hemisphere, April 2002 - Grade 1
3rd - Star European Spring Championships, April 2002 - Grade 1
4th - XXXIII Princess Sofia Trophy, March 2002 - Grade 2
4th - Bacardi Cup, March 2002 - Grade 1
5th - Rolex Miami OCR, January 2002 - Grade 1


Iain was previously nominated for the ISAF World Sailor of the Year Award in 2000

Name Iain Percy
Date of Birth 27840
Place of Birth Southampton, Great Britain
Profession Sailor
ISAF World Sailing Ranking 2 - Star World Ranking
ISAF World Sailing Ranking Click here to view Iain's Skipper's Report
Age started sailing 8
First boat sailed Optimist
Age started racing 8
First boat raced Optimist
What inspired you to take up sailing? My parents
How did you buy your first boat? My parents
Which was your first sailing club? Weston Sailing Club, Great Britain
First Event competed in and Year Weston Open 1984
First Event won and Year Weston Open 1984
Principle achievements 2000 Olympic gold medal
Principle achievements 2002 Star World Champion
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Just going to the Olympics was great and winning was a dream.
What are your future sailing aspirations? Gold medal in the Star in Athens 2004
Briefly state what sailing means to you My passion and my career (how lucky am I!?)
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My coach David Howlett
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Russell Coutts
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Football with the rest of the British sailing lads
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Russell Coutts because he has achieved a lot and never advertises himself
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2002 means to you It's a great honour
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2002, briefly say what will this mean to you? It is the highest achievement in world sailing and to be honoured with the title would be incredible.
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