SAILING: Olympic sailor at Draycote this weekend

Dylan Fletcher and his crew Alain Sign competing in Rio
Dylan Fletcher and his crew Alain Sign competing in Rio

Team GB’s Dylan Fletcher to give coaching tips and talk about Rio experience

Young sailors competing at Draycote Water this weekend will be able to pick up some tips from a Rio Olympian.

Dylan Fletcher

Dylan Fletcher

Dylan Fletcher has just returned from representing Team GB in Brazil and will be helping the next generation of young sailors.

The RYA Midlands Zone Championships will see junior sailors competing in a range of classes on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. For some it will be their first major championship away from their home club, while for others it will be a chance to win selection to one of the RYA’s winter training squads – the first rung on the ladder for the would-be Olympians of the future.

Dylan and his crew Alain Sign sailed to sixth overall in the thrills and spills 49er skiff class against the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio. He is now looking forward to returning to the Midlands, where he grew up, to help the next generation of young sailors.

On Saturday he will be at Draycote Water Sailing Club giving sailors coaching tips on the water and after the racing will be talking to them about his experiences in Rio: “I am looking forward to coming and spending some time at one of my old sailing clubs. It’s always nice to see the next generation of sailors and hopefully meet some Olympians of the future.’

Dylan grew up in Market Harborough and spent years honing his skills at Northampton Sailing Club and on other inland waters in the Midlands, including Draycote.

The RYA Zone and Home Country Championships traditionally mark the end of the junior racing season ahead of winter training, and the Draycote event for the Midlands is one of eight regional championships taking place at venues across Britain this weekend.