Sailingfast Team Riders

Daisy Collingridge

What is your age?

What are you studying, or what did you study?
Currently I am in my final year studying psychology at Bath University- although I spend a lot more time on the water than in lectures (that’s the way it should be, right?!)

What do you sail?
I sail an ILCA 6 as part of the British Sailing Team

Where do you sail?
I’m lucky enough to sail in a variety of venues. Our training base is in Weymouth but when the days get shorter and colder we migrate to warmer climates. The last few years we’ve spent a lot of time out in Vilamoura, Portugal and it looks like next week we will be training in Palma, Spain too. Our competitions are also held at a big range of venues. I returned from the European Championships in Bulgaria last month and before Christmas I am off to Oman for the Worlds.

Who introduced you to sailing?
My dad is a keen sailor so I pretty much grew up on the water at Waldringfield Sailing Club in Suffolk. My first memory sailing was hiding underneath a spinnaker bag at the front of a Wayfarer whilst my dad and grandad tackled a rainstorm that came through. I actually used to cry every time my parents made me get into a wet wetsuit… still the worst thing about sailing!

Sue Anstiss

Do you have a role model/inspirational person that you follow? If so, why do you find them inspirational?

This is a hard one. Sailing I think is quite unique as a sport- I go training in Weymouth and most days I’ll see a member of the British Sailing Team who has various world and Olympic medals. That’s pretty inspirational, especially seeing the successes of your friends which really motivates me. Another inspirational figure to me is Sue Anstiss, who has committed her life to bringing attention to gender inequalities within sport. She has a podcast called The Game Changers which interviews trailblazing women in sport. I love hearing about other athletes’ stories and listening to what drives them and their achievements.

What would be your best advice or top tips for younger sailors or new sailors?

Enjoy it! Sailing is so much fun, and the more fun you have the better you will get because you’ll want to spend all your time battling it out against your friends on the water. I also always say that if I could go back in time, I would spend more time doing different types of sailing- that could be different dinghy’s (single or double handed) or sailing yachts. It’s definitely something I’m going to strive to do once I have graduated and have a bit more time. There are so many transferrable skills to pick up from different classes so don’t be afraid to get involved!

Quickfire Questions

Tell us something about you that no one else knows

This summer was my first time ever sailing in the night. I was sailing offshore to the Scilly Isles and it was a really surreal experience sailing when its dark! Definitely a bit scary at first, especially when fishing boats with limited lights appeared out of nowhere, but I really enjoyed the challenge and it gave me a little bit of an insight into the sailing world beyond dinghies.

What’s your superpower?

In real life my superpower is eating a stupid amount of food… the classic life of a laser sailor! If I could have any superpower it would be to change the weather so we didn’t have any more days at competitions waiting around under a postponement for the wind to fill in.

What bit of sailing kit can you not live without? And why?

My sailing watch. When I’m racing I get so paranoid that one of them will stop working that I normally have two on my mast and another in my spares bag.

What’s your ultimate dream?

May be slightly cliché but the ultimate dream is winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

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