Standing 6’ 4”, with a fiery temperament on the water and ginger hair to boot, Paul is one of the most recognisable Formula racers on the UKWA. Describing himself as ageing family man, 2002 was Paul’s first year competing as a Senior.
Paul’s most noticeable success to date had been representing GBR at the IFCA worlds in Poland where he came first equal along with... 89 other competitors – there was no wind, although the Vodka and Red Bull challenge was never in doubt.
|Year of Birth:||1966|
|Disciplines:||Racing & Slalom.|
|Best Results:|| UKWA Masters Formula Champion 2002,
Inland Master Champ 2001 & 2002.
|Sail Number:||GBR 11|
|Sponsors:||Royal Navy, Tushingham|
Pre season training started early in 2002 with the delivery of Starboard’s latest creation, a 186X. The first time Paul used the board on his local patch at Marazion he was accompanied by a school of dolphins – you couldn’t ask for a better omen. The kit felt great and Paul was definitely fired up for some action last year, the ultimate goal being to bring home a National trophy.
The season kicked off at Weymouth – the training had certainly paid off with Paul coming 5th in the National Fleet and 1st Senior. Commitments at work meant that Paul was only able to compete at half the events, but wherever he turned up he was a tour de force, always in the top 5 and as a Senior never once defeated.
Paul’s best event last year was undoubtedly the Isle of Wight. Paul has always enjoyed the windy stuff, and he gritted his teeth and hung onto to a 7.9 in the last race to snatch the event win from Jono Turner. Then he got sensible and changed down all the way to a 4.0 metre for some fun in the waves!
Currently committed to operations in the Gulf, Paul has had to put competing in 2003 on a back burner until he returns, no doubt sporting yet another medal on his chest.