The last few weeks saw Elite University Sports Scholars Christian Birrell (Southbank Uni) and Sam Brearey (University of East London) travel to Slovenia to battle for the fireball European and World titles. Christian was looking to add to his national title he won earlier this year, while Sam was looking to defend the World title he won in Australia.
Having a European and World championships back to back brings many challenges, consistency being the biggest. For Christian and Sam the European’s started well with a second place finish, but with only three races in very light tricky conditions, the boys slipped to fourth overall, and third in the Junior European Championship. A European bronze medal to start, and although not the start to the World Championships they wanted, Birrell/Brearey stayed up beat, knowing the main event was yet to come!
As the World Championships started Christian and Sam knew that consistency and calmness would be key. On the opening Day the boys put in two top 3 finishes and throughout the series continued to deliver top results over and over again. Leading after two days Christian and Sam continued to battle on, with multiple place changes throughout the week, they never slipped out of the top 3 medal positions. With a mixed penultimate day accumulating a race win and a discard Birrell/Brearey were just two points from the World title going into the final day show down, and virtually guaranteed a silver medal. However the boys were stumped by the lack of wind and never got the chance to battle for the title, finishing in second place. A Great effort and achievement was made by the pair, showing the most consistency throughout the two weeks of competitions. Winning Silver medals in the Junior and Senior World Championships, making it three medals from the two weeks!
A huge achievement for the pair who are both balancing their masters studies with training to be at the top on the sailing world stage. Christian and Sam are both excited about the prospect of potentially travelling to Thailand early in 2014 to try and go one better and win the World Title.
Brearey Said “We have both been really fortunate to have such understanding and positive universities. UEL have been fantastic in their support of my sailing, and academic studies, really enabling me to be in the best physical state possible to challenge for two major international titles, hopefully next year we can add a gold medal to the trophy cabinet!”
Christian and Sam would like to thank University of East London, CEP Compression, north Sails, Super Spars, sailboats.co.uk, 511 tactical and Christopher Ward Watches.
Thanks for all your support and we look forward to putting in more successful results in the up coming events!