Manx sailor carries Olympic Torch

On 2nd July Izzy Sharpe carried the Olympic Torch into Ballasalla.

Izzy was invited to join the Manx Youth Sailing Squad in 2008. She started sailing the Tera Sport and moved to the Pro rig in 2010. In 2008 she got her first taste of UK competition at the RS Tera Inlands where she finished mid fleet.

In 2009 the team went to the Tera Nationals and came home with the RS Tera National Team trophy, she finished 12th overall and her result counted toward the Team prize.

In 2010 she competed at the Tera Worlds finishing in 7th place overall and 2nd girl, 1st girl was another Manx sailor Hannah Howitt who finished 5th. The event was also won by a Manx sailor James Kelly.

In 2011 Izzy received a grant and support from the Manx Sports Aid Foundation, she finished top girl and 5th place overall at the RS Tera National Championship.

After the Nationals Izzy moved into the Laser Radial, she sailed at the Radial Inlands last November and is continuing to sail the Laser Radial. In addition to her own sailing Izzy has volunteered as an assistant instructor at 7th Wave RYA Training Centre and at the Isle of Man Yacht Club and last week she achieved the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification.

Now she’s back at 7th Wave and got her first taste of running a race training group yesterday :)