In the women’s single-hander two contenders are chasing one place. Will it be bubbly Charlotte Dobson or shy, serious Alison Young? Matthew Sheahan spoke to both

Alison Young

Early ambitions – “I’ve always been into maths and I studied civil engineering at Southampton University. I was thinking about going to Sandhurst to do a Masters. Several of my friends were on Army scholarships and this seemed like a good career path for a civil engineer”

How it all started – “When I was nine my mother bought sailing lessons for my father for his birthday and we all went along. At 10 I started doing the Midland Oppie circuit, graduating to the Oppie Squad. I sailed a Topper before moving to the Laser Radial when I was 16. I medalled at the Youth Worlds in 2005 which then got me Development funding”

Best/worst quality – “Determination and drive would be my best qualities, not knowing when to stop, my worst”

Hobbies and interests? – “Road cycling and my unicycle and running when I can. I used to run a lot as a kid”

How do you relax?
– “Reading books, particularly sporting biographies and listening to music”

What picks you up when you’re down? – “I usually beat myself up a fair bit first which then helps me put things back into perspective”

Non-sailing ambition – “To cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and run the London Marathon”

What’s your plan ‘B’?
– “I guess my engineering degree is my backup. I worked for Lang O’Rourke, an engineering company, for three summers. Given my sailing background I’d be quite interested in harbour design I guess”

Pet hates – Faffing

First class sailed
– GP14

Racing track record – 7th – 2011 Perth ISAF Sailing World Championships,
2nd – 2011 Delta Lloyd Open Dutch Sailing Championships, Medemblik
7th – 2011 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, UK

Favourite sailing venue
– Weymouth

Favourite regatta
– Sail for Gold

Favourite boat
– Laser

Current car
– Toyota Corolla

Dream car – Anything that runs on air

Personal favourites
FilmCool Runnings
Band – Iron Maiden
BookSlaying the Dragon, Michael Johnson’s autobiography
Non-sailing item – My unicycle
Favourite computer program – Google

iPod top 3 most played
Holy Smoke – Iron Maiden
Dynamite – Airbourne
Tubthumping – Chumbawumba

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Charlotte Dobson
  3. 3. Alison Young
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