Very excited to announce that I have won the Marlow Ropes Award. This prestigious award is only handed out once a year and I am honoured to now work with Marlow Ropes to develop the best lines in the world. Below is the press release, which you can also read on Yachts & Yachting here.

British Sailing Team Laser sailor Sam Whaley has become the latest recipient of the Marlow Rope P3 Award marking a breakthrough year for the 22-year-old in 2019.

Marlow Ropes works closely with the British Sailing Team and is committed to helping develop new talent by making this award to a member of the P3 group, the Team's Podium Potential Pathway sailors transitioning from Youth sailing into full-time training. The Award is presented to sailors who best demonstrate the core values of passion and commitment to excellence.

After taking up sailing relatively late at the age of 14, inspired by his father who sailed around the world, Whaley has progressed quickly through the British Sailing Team pathway displaying a determination and focus that has meant that he has quickly established himself as one of the best sailors of his age and earning a place in the British Sailing Team's Laser P3 squad.

Whaley is a keen all round sailor, and as well as winning both the British Laser Nationals in August and Laser Inland National Championships in October 2018 he also earned a world title in the RS Aero and is regularly seen sailing his Waszp near his home in Swanage, spending a much time as possible on the water.

Leisure Marine Sales Director Paul Honess commented:
"Partnerships with our BST award winners are very important to us; we enjoy being able to help them progress in their sailing by rigging their boats with quality products and it is a great way for us to gain product feedback and insights. These partnerships help all of us to be the best we can be. Sam has produced some outstanding performances over the last 12 months and we're sure he'll go from strength to strength so we are delighted to be working with him."

Sam Whaley commented:
"It is a real honour to win the Marlow Ropes Award, following in the footsteps of some incredible sailors. While we don't have many control lines on the Laser it still is incredibly important to make sure you have the very best rope to eek out every possible gain. I am delighted to become a Marlow Ropes ambassador and I'm especially excited to have the opportunity to help them continue developing the best ropes in the world."

Find out more at www.marlowropes.com

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