TEENAGE sailor Arthur Farley put in what is believed to be the best British result in the ILCA U-21 European Championships for more than five years — becoming an U19 champion and paving the way for him to realise his ambition of representing GB in an Olympic Games. 

Up against a talented field of 110 young males in his division, he came fifth, but was first in the U19 category — a noteworthy achievement for a sailor his age, at just 18. 

Buoyed by his success, Arthur will be heading to Mexico for the Senior World Championships later this month — up against past Olympians.

Arthur, of Wootton Bridge, and a member of Brading Haven Yacht Club and currently studying at the UKSA has, since 2019, been crowned as vice-youth national champion last year, and joined the Youth Olympic team. 

Isle of Wight County Press: Arthur Farley celebrating his European Championship U19 success.Arthur Farley celebrating his European Championship U19 success.

After becoming U19 European champion, Arthur said: “It’s a big step in my career. 
“All the hard work is paying off now. 

“Now is the time for me to focus on Mexico, basing myself in Germany next month to focus on all the other main regattas, including the famous Kieler Woche regatta. 

“The main target is to get onto the British sailing team by the end of next year and to dominate U21 European and World Championships racing in the next 12 months.”

One fly in the ointment for Arthur is financing his big dream. 

“Athough my results are getting better and better, I really need a sponsor on my side to help my Olympic campaign,” he adds.