Meet the CUYC Yacht Racing Team
Posted on the 8th March at 12:00 p.m.
Meet the team representing Cambridge in 2016
With Varsity less than a fortnight away, immediately followed by the BUSA Yachting Nationals, the CUYC Yacht Racing team have been preparing themselves for some hard fought racing. Here's the team that's hoping to continue the strong record of the university and the club.
Antoine Magré - Skipper
I'm Antoine Magré and I have been sailing from a very young age. I started racing in dinghy on the Leman Lake at 8 then went on to yachts at 15 years old. I have been racing with the Cambridge yacht racing team since last year. My previous racing achievements include finishing the Fastnet race 2013 in the top 10 in Class 40, and top 5's in french offshore races. My most memorable day's sailing was during les voiles de St Tropez when we were surfing down the waves at 16 knots with J Class Ranger and a Volvo 70 sailing on each side of us. My goals for the 2016 season are a win in Varsity and a top 3 in the nationals. Outside university, I will also be racing in the Normandy channel race and the Regata Copa del Rey.
Barbara Muehlemann - Pit
I'm Barbara Muehlemann and this is my fourth year racing with the Cambridge Yacht Racing Team. I first started sailing as a child on little dinghies back home in Switzerland, participating in national and international races. Later on, I moved to bigger boats and saltier waters, competing in the ‘Tour de France à la voile' and the worlds and europeans in a classic 6mR. My goals this year are that we will be able to extend our three year streak in winning Varsity and come in the top three at the nationals.
Rob Glew - Main Trim
I'm Rob Glew and have been actively racing yachts on the Solent for around a year. My previous racing achievements include winning a race at Cowes week and sailing in regattas on the Solent and further afield on Lake Constance in Switzerland. The most memorable day's sailing I've had involved the coast guard using our yacht for helicopter winch man practice, he stopped by for a cup of tea and a biscuit before flying off again. This year is my first racing with CUYC but I hope to be able to win Varsity and help the team improve on last year's impressive 3rd place at the nationals.
Matthias Schnellman - Tactician
I'm Matthias Schnellmann and I have been part of the CUYC Yacht Racing Team for the last 3 years. I am excited about being part of the team again this year with the aim of defending our Varsity victory and improving on our 3rd place position in the Nationals. Outside CUYC, I have done a variety of racing and cruising, mainly on the South Coast.
Linda Lin - Downwind Trim
I'm Linda Lin. I have been sailing on my family's J80 for three years on a lake in Shanghai, China. I have attended many races in China, including skippering on a boat that won the victory on a regatta. My most memorable sailing experience was in the New York City, sailing down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and watching the night view of Manhattan. This is my first year sailing in the UK and with CUYC. I'm very looking forward to Varsity of BUSA.
Tom Weatherby - Upwind Trim
I started sailing on dinghys learning on leaky wooden mirrors, then into toppers, then lasers. I've now moved to big boats, and joined the club's racing team, and I also went on one of the summer trips in my first year. I've had a great time sailing around the southwest coast as well as on events with CUYC.
Damien Arnol - Bowman
I've sailed on the coast of Brittany since I was a little kid, was a dinghy sailing instructor there, and then I raced along the atlantic coast of France on several types of yachts before coming to Cambridge in 2013, where I joined the yacht racing team.
Jeremy Pearce - Mastman
I am Jeremy Pearce - it is privilege to be part of the CUYC racing team. The CUYC is an impressive club and I am committed to helping the club continue to win Varsity and compete at the highest level. Sailing is my passion and I have been fortunate to be involved with many wonderful teams and projects over many years. My most memorable day sailing was rounding cape horn in daylight and being able to enjoy achieving the Everest of sailing.