World sailing

Heather Quinn and Gwyneth Lanyon back from the 420 World Sailing Championships in Hungary.

Heather Quinn of Newark has had an exciting few months with an appearance at the 2022 420 World Sailing Championships.

The event took place at the Balatoni Yacht Club, in Alsóörs on Lake Balaton, one hour from Budapest.

“It’s been a great experience sailing the world championships,” Quinn said.

“We came 52nd overall out of 61 which for a young pair is a decent result.

“The place was amazing and it was a great event.

“We didn’t get the exact result we wanted, but sometimes that’s how it is.”

Image: Provided by Heather Quinn (59296801)

Quinn sails double-handed in the 420 class with teammate Gwyneth Lanyon.

The couple have been sailing together for about a year.

The week before the event in Hungary, the duo competed in the European Junior Championships at the Vilamoura Sailing Center in Portugal.

The event was not without its challenges, but Quinn said for their first international race the experience was immeasurable.

“We had an equipment break on the last day and things didn’t end the way we would have liked, but we learned a lot and had a great time,” Quinn said.

The duo finished 97th out of a field of 107.

Quinn said she hopes the pair will progress in the future and they are excited to continue competing.

The 18-year-old has just received her A-levels and earned three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Economics at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

“We had a lot of support on our sailing journey,” Quinn said.

“In particular, the Newark Rotary Club and the Southwell Rotary Club and Councilor Roger Jackson, Southwell Lions Club have been of great assistance to us.”

Quinn sails at Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club in Hovringham and started sailing aged ten. She became interested after attending with her father.

Image: Provided by Heather Quinn (59296577)
Image: Provided by Heather Quinn (59296577)

“My dad was a member of the sailing club for several years,” Quinn said.

“I learned to sail through a Royal Yachting Association starter sailing course over the Easter holidays one year.

“Our club runs a junior Saturday club which teaches youngsters how to navigate in a fun environment.”

Quinn recommended the sport to any junior who was looking for an enjoyable challenge, either in teams or solo.

Over the summer, Quinn and Lanyon have been sailing together and plan to continue competing in the 420 class nationally.

“I applied to the British Keelboat Academy to learn more about keelboat racing,” said Quinn, who added that she loves sailing and wants to learn more about the sport.

“This year I’m having a gap year and I’m hoping to do college medicine next year,” she said.

Quinn volunteered at Newark Hospital for a year and plans to continue doing so in the immediate future.