About the project

I first began sailing at age 5, and after 5 years of sailing around the Pittwater moorings I decided to try my hand in racing, beginning in the Manly Junior class. 3 years later I won the state and national titles and switched to the Optimist class, where I was lucky enough to be selected to compete in several international regattas including the World Championships, held in the Caribbean. Since then I have Represented Australia at 4 World championships in the 29er class, placing 6th, 12th and 8th respectively, sailing as a skipper before becoming a crew in 2014 winning the National Championship before placing 4th in the ISAF Youth World Championship. Throughout the last year my passion for sailing has grown even more as I have begun the journey towards my Olympic dream in the 49er class. After training in the 470 with Victor Kovalenko for several months I made the transition to the 49er class and campaigned for a year as a crew, the highlight of which came from winning the Junior European Championships in 2017. Over the summer of 2017 I have begun my career as a helmsman, showing consistent improvement over the summer regattas finishing with a 6th place at the Australian Nationals.

I am currently campaigning in the 49er class with previous 29er crew Shaun Connor. Our 2018 training program involves many hours on the water, in the gym and working with physiotherapists, dieticians and phycologists to ensure we are in peak condition for the world championships, in July this year. A good result here will mean selection into the Australian Sailing Team and allow us to continue down the path to our goal of winning a gold medal in Tokyo and beyond.

I have been coaching sailing for the last 4 years, from learn to sail to high performance. I am currently coaching intermediate level and open level optimists, along with a laser squad and 29er team.

When I am not sailing I am in my third year at the University of NSW, studying mechanical engineering.

  • Alex Robbins

    Bow Down Jim!

  • Peter Byford

    Thanks for your support Jim and hope this donation helps you and Shaun with your goal to get to Tokyo! Good luck!!!

  • Morpheus

    Go Jim Go!

  • Peter Byford

    Good luck Jim. Hope you do well. You deserve it!

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