Lottie HarlandLottie Harland
 

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Milestones

2014 (aged 17 years old) Competed regularly in yachts including a number of high-profile national events and at the end of the year secured a place in the RYA British Keelboat Academy

2013 (aged 16 years old)
Competed in the Laser Radial class and represented GBR at major international events before moving into keelboat racing at the end of the year

2012 (aged 15 years old)
Competed in the Laser Radial class and secured a place in the RYA Volvo Laser Radial National Youth Squad - the highest level that can be achieved in youth sailing

2012 RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year (Thames Valley and London) and one of the three finalists for the 2012 YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award

2011 (aged 14 years old)
Competed in the Topper class and then transitioned to the Laser Radial in the Autumn and secured a place in the RYA Volvo Laser Radial National Youth Transition Squad

2010 (aged 13 years old)
Competed in Topper class and secured a place in the RYA Topper National Junior Squad - the highest level that can be achieved in junior sailing

2010 (aged 13 years old)
Selected to join RYA Team GBR at the Topper Irish National Championships in Carlingford, Ireland, 2nd – 4th July 2010

2009 (aged 12 years old)
Competed in Topper class and secured a place in the RYA Topper National Intermediate Squad

2008 (aged 11 years old)
Competed in Topper class and secured a place in the RYA Topper South Zone Squad

2007 (aged 10 years old)
Competed in Optimist class quickly moving through regatta fleet to main fleet

2006 (aged 9 years old)
Learnt to sail in Oppie Club at Burghfield Sailing Club

2005 (aged 8 years old)
Crewed in Dad's Enterprise at Burghfield Sailing Club

My progress through the sailing world

Lottie Harland : Optimist 4538I started sailing when I was around 8 years old crewing for my Dad in his Enterprise at our local club, Burghfield Sailing Club. We managed to win the odd prize (well done dad!) and the thrill of some strong winds got me hooked. I quickly joined our Oppie Club and over the Summer of 2006, aged 9, I learnt to sail an Optimist. That was the end of crewing for Dad though and after some winter training at the club I took to the racing circuit in 2007 in my Optimist 4538. After some good events in the Optimist regatta fleet I moved on to competing in the main fleet following the Optimist Nationals in the summer.

In the September, I just missed out on an RYA South Zone squad place at the end of my first year in racing. Optimist 5753 was bought for winter training with a view to competing in 2008, but a spurt of growth over the winter got me thinking - perhaps I should move classes.

Lottie Harland : Best Female NewcomerA windy Island Barn open training sat on a rib with Dave Cockerill, the RYA Head Topper Coach, convinced me there and then that the Topper was for me.

In March 2008 I jumped into Topper 46271 and set about competing on the open circuit, attending as much training as possible and competing in as many events as I could find across the country.

At the end of 2008 I was awarded Southern Area Best Female Newcomer Helm and in the September 2008 a 12th place at the RYA Southern Area Championships helped me to secure a place in the RYA Topper South Zone Squad.

Lottie Harland : World Championships 2009After a winter of training, during 2009 I competed around the country and in the May I was selected to represent the RYA South Zone at the Eric Twiname Championships and came a very creditable 19th out of 72 competitors in the Topper class. One of the highlights of that year was competing at the Topper World Championships in Ebensee, Austria, where I came second in the Silver Fleet and won some nice glassware and sailing clothes. Later in the year at the RYA Topper Zone Championships I was first female helm in the Topper class. At the end of 2009 my results secured me a place in the RYA Topper National Intermediate Squad.

Lottie Harland : Topper World Championships 20112010 followed a similar pattern to 2009 with the added bonus of being selected to represent Great Britain at the Irish Topper National Championships. The Topper World Championships in 2010 took place at Malcesine on Lake Garda, Italy - this is a fantastic sailing venue and one I would really like to return to again.

Having finished in the Gold Fleet at both the National and the World Championships, at the end of 2010 I secured a place in the RYA Topper National Junior Squad, which was my goal for the year. I was also pleased to be first female in the Topper Southern Area Traveller Series, despite missing a number of these events due to clashes with the National events and World Championships.

Lottie Harland : RYA Youth Transition Squad 20122011 was my last year in the Topper and as a junior sailor. Once again I was competing in all of the major events, including the National Championships at East Lothian Yacht Club and the World Championships in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. I definitely finished my Topper sailing on a high, being placed 2nd female helm at the Topper National Championships where there were a total of 274 competitors.

As my Topper sailing came to an end, I started moving into the Laser Radial as my youth class boat and following a number of indicator events during the Autumn, my year was capped off when I was then selected to join the RYA Volvo Laser Radial National Youth Transition Squad.

2012 saw me competing in the Laser Radial, both nationally and at four international events to build my experience of racing abroad. After good races at the autumn qualifiers I was delighted to be offered a RYA Volvo Laser Radial National Youth Squad place, the youngest of just six U18 female sailors to be offered a place that year.

Lottie Harland : RYA Regional Young Sailor of the YearTo finish off an exciting year, in the November it was announced that I had been awarded the 2012 RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year for the Thames Valley and London and one of the three finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award.

January of the New Year saw me enjoying the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show as a guest of Pantaenius and the RYA as I collected my RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year award. I didn't win the overall YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award but being one of the three nominations was certainly a special moment in my sailing to date.

Lottie Harland : Laser U21 World ChampionshipsFor the remainder of 2013, I competed in the Laser Radial both nationally and internationally and represented GBR in Split, Croatia for the European Youth Championships in June. This was the same week as Croatia celebrated becoming the 28th member of the European Union. There were plenty of celebrations and a parade of the Laser fleet through Split harbour! A couple of weeks later I was abroad again representing GBR at the U21 World Championships in Balaton, Hungary. Although the wind was fickle for this event with some days of no sailing I was very pleased to finish the week mid-fleet and first British youth girl.

Lottie Harland : Yacht offshore yacht sailingThe winter of 2013 I started thinking very hard about how I wanted my sailing to progress. Since I started out in the sport I have had a longing to do offshore yacht racing and had a taster a few years earlier when I had been awarded a week aboard the John Laing, courtesy of MDL Marinas. So I decided that the time had come to move into keelboats and over the winter competed in a number of events aboard the Sigma 38 Gambit and some other yachts to build my experience and also started competing regularly in a J/109 as we moved into 2014.

For 2014 I crewed in the Solent spring series events and a number of high-profile national events, including Cowes Week and Round the Island, and in some of the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) races. At the end of the year I was delighted to be selected by the RYA as one of the youngest members of the British Keelboat Academy which supports young successful sailors aged between 18 and 24 in developing the skills needed to take their keelboat yacht racing to a professional level and has produced a number of world-class sailors. I am now looking forward to a busy 2015 as I compete in more challenging offshore races.