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Ed Wright (GBR)

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Factfile

Name Edward Wright
Nation GBR
Date of Birth 13 October 1977
Place of Birth Nottingham, UK

Ed Wright is one of the true heavy-hitters of the Finn class who pulls out top performance after top performance. Renowned for being one of the fittest sailors in the fleet, Wright relishes the power of the Finn and the technical challenges of the class.

Having already secured the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup overall title, Wright finished the season with a silver at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta. He then kicked off the 2009-2010 series in style, winning his first two regattas: the Rolex Miami OCR and Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE. Wright was off the podium in Hyères, finishing sixth, but then travelled to Split Croatia for the Finn Europeans where he took home the silver medal.

Wright finished off the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup with a fourth from Delta Lloyd and fifth from Skandia Sail for Gold, enough to secure his second consecutive ISAF Sailing World Cup overall title, one of only two sailors to achieve this feat.

The primary focus for the Finn fleet in 2010 was the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco in August. Wright showed his intent at the North American Championship in July by winning the gold medal. Back again in August and Wright barely put a foot wrong. At an event he had come so close to winning on numerous occasions, in 2010 he was not to be denied. After a consistent series he approached the Medal Race with a 13-point lead and powered off the start line to lead from start to finish. The Finn Gold Cup was his and a truly successful season concluded.

Finn - Men's One Person Dinghy (heavy)

2 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - September 2009
1st overall 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - January 2010
1 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - March 2010
6 - Semaine Olympique Francaise Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - April 2010
2 - Finn European Championship Split, CRO - ISAF Grade C1 - May 2010
4 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2010
1 - Finn North American Championship San Francisco, CAN - ISAF Grade 2 - July 2010
5 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Weymouth and Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - August 2010
1st overall 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - Finn Gold Cup, San Francisco, USA - ISAF Grade W - Aug/September 2010

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

It was a family weekend sport.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

505 for a ride with my father and his crew

Name your first sailing club

Bay of Colwyn Sailing Club

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

Welsh Schools Championship in 1993

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

Finn Gold Cup in 2010

What are your future sailing goals?

Olympic medals

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My parents for their support

Who is your sailing hero?

Russell Coutts

What other sports do you enjoy?

Golf, windsurfing, cycling, hockey and rugby

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?
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