Sailing club’s delight for world champion Cattermole

PUBLISHED: 09:26 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 07 August 2013

Annabel Cattermole and Bryony Bennett-Lloyd top the podium. Picture by Jose Jordan/420 World Championships 2013

Annabel Cattermole and Bryony Bennett-Lloyd top the podium. Picture by Jose Jordan/420 World Championships 2013


WELWYN Garden City Sailing Club has been in a buoyant mood this week following the World Championship triumph of Annabel Cattermole.

Seventeen-year-old Cattermole, who learned how to sail with WGC Sailing Club at Stanborough Park, secured the Ladies’ World Title at the 420 World Championships in Valencia, Spain.

WGC Sailing Club Commodore Peter Thornely, said: “Annabel was around 12 or 13 when she joined the club in 2008. She told us she wanted to train with the RYA youth squad, and we could see straight away she was very talented.

“Since then Annabel has competed at Topper and 420 events around the country and abroad under the Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club name.

“We have watched her progress with interest and are extremely proud that she and her crew, Bryony Bennett-Lloyd, are now Ladies 420 World Champions.”

Staff at Stanborough Park have also passed their congratulations to Annabel. Sarah Elliott, general manager, said: “The watersports team at Stanborough are incredibly proud of Annabel’s achievements.

“Stanborough is a great place to learn to sail and Annabel proves that solid foundations can lead to great success.

“Annabel also learned to kayak on a course at Stanborough but it was clear that sailing was where her real passion lies.

“We hope that Annabel (and Bryony’s) fantastic World achievements will inspire more children to take up a watersport.”

The team at Stanborough Park have over 40 years’ experience of conducting watersports activities.

They deliver RYA courses in sailing and windsurfing for all ages and abilities together with British Canoe Union (BCU) courses in canoeing and kayaking.

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