Junior sailor, Sam Morrell to represent BVI at Youth Olympic Games qualifier

Sam Morrell, junior BVI sailor

Sam Morrell, junior BVI sailor

Sam Morell is attending the Byte CII World Championships in Newport, RI from August 24-28.  This is his first attempt to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.  The top 5-finishers at The World’s will gain automatic entry into the 2014 YOG.

Sam has been sailing & training with the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY all Summer.  Summer training included a multiple of regattas on Long Island Sound.  Sam finished on the podium in all of them, with a first place finish in the Shelter Island YC event and a resounding 6th place over all in the JSA Long Island Sound Championships.

BVIOC: How long have you been sailing and when did you start competing?

SM: I have been sailing for 7 years from the age of seven years old.  I only started competing for five years.  I first started sailing in the optimist class.  My first coach was Chris Watters who was the active coach at the Royal BVI Yacht Club.

BVIOC: What do you like about racing?

SM: I like racing because it has an competitive edge.  I enjoy competing.  I also enjoy meeting new people and traveling to new countries.  Racing also challenges me to think about strategies.

BVIOC: Successes are great but how do you handle disappointment when you don’t perform as well as you hoped?

SM: When I don’t preform as well as I had hoped I train very hard and consult with my coaches about what I did wrong then we break down the event and we try and work on the bad aspects and work to improve them.