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Nick’s Profile

NickT_250 Nick has held a number of titles from a very young age including European Optimist Champion and ISAF Youth World Champion. He was born in May 1986, in Southampton, Hampshire and started sailing aged two sat in a baby seat attached to his Dad’s boat. He has been competing in the Laser class for ten years.

An Interview with Nick Thompson

23/10/2013

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Long term Harken sailor Nick Thompson visited our Lymington office recently to be interviewed about his current sailing campaign.

Facts about Nick

Current Campaign: British Sailing Team - Podium Squad Laser Sailor

Sailing Club: Royal Lymington Yacht Club

The weirdest boat you have every sailed: Foiling moth - flying on water is a strange sensation

Other Interests - Not sailing: Many - most watersports, cycling, a little boxing

Nick's comments about Harken:        

For me it's a no brainer, not only is it the most reliable kit available, it also works better than any of the competitions.

 

Questions & Answers

Harken: If you could have been present at any sailing event in history what would it have been?   

Nick: The final race at the Sydney Games with Ainslie and Scheidt.

Harken: What has been your biggest sailing cock up so far?     

Nick: Turning up to a Youth Worlds Selection event in a new boat that turned out to leak so much it sank on the first day

Harken: What is the worst sailing memory you have?

Nick: Being thrown head first out of my Optimist on Hayling Sand-bar, only for the boat then to land on me culminating in a trip to A&E

Harken: Are there any products that you recommend for keeping your boat in tip-top condition and ready for an event?

Nick: McLube, it keeps everything running perfectly

Harken: What type and size of Ratchet block do you use for your mainsheet and why?     

Nick: 57mm Carbo Ratchamatic - it's light and had the best friction to mainsheet wear ratio I've found. Plus it never switches off accidentally.

Harken: What is your preference for size of mainsheet line?   

Nick: 6mm

Harken: Do you find that mainsheet line size works particularly well with your Harken Ratchet block for holding power?

Nick: Yes for the reasons mentioned earlier

Harken: Do you have any nicknames?

Nick: Chickooon, Thompo

  

Nick is sponsored by: Team GBR, Volvo, Harken

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