Peter’s top sailing award shows he’s the real McCoy

Peter McCoy receives the Marlow Ropes award
Peter McCoy receives the Marlow Ropes award

CHICHESTER Olympic sailing hopeful Peter McCoy is set to receive free rope for a year after being awarded the Marlow Ropes Award for his recent success in the Finn class.

The Marlow Ropes Award was introduced in 2002 with the aim of rewarding Britain’s most promising young sailors for their determination, focus and talent.

The Finn sailor is a current member of the British Sailing Team’s Podium Potential Squad giving him access to an array of world-class training resources used by Britain’s medal winning sailors – a real stepping stone to succeeding at the highest level.

“It feels great to win the Marlow Ropes Award. It’s been a really busy season this year for me with some good results at the Junior Europeans and Junior Worlds so to round it off with such a prestigious award is a great feeling,” said the 21-year-old McCoy.

“The highlight of the year was definitely winning the Junior European title in Warnemunde, Germany, which may be one of the reasons for me being chosen to win the award. I also finished just outside the medals in fourth at the Junior Worlds which was disappointing, but the level of the junior fleet is constantly increasing and it’s just great to be up amongst it at the top of the fleet competing for the podium.”

The Marlow award entitles the current Finn Junior European Champion to free Marlow rope for a year, which McCoy says will be invaluable as he progresses through his campaign and hopefully into full-time sailing next year after finishing his studies in Marine Sports Science at Plymouth University.

He added: “It’s fantastic to have a sponsor on board like Marlow who are able to give out awards like these as top quality rope is instrumental throughout any campaign. It’s always such close racing in the Finn class so every little advantage you can get in the boat is a real help and with Marlow being the best quality rope you can get it’s going to be a great help in trying to make the boat go faster.

“There are quite a lot of controls on the Finn even though it has only got the one sail. It’s got an inhaul, outhaul and downhaul which all help control the shape of the sail and obviously one of the most important things is to the have the right rope so you can control the sail effectively and go as fast as you can.”

Barrie Edgington, British Sailing Team Podium Potential Manager, commented: “Since being plucked from the Laser 18 months ago, Peter has made great progress in Finn culminating in his junior title this year. Both the body and the boat have to be epitomised to succeed in this technical and physically demanding boat, and having the support of Marlow will be a great boost to optimising his boat and performance.”

As well as supporting up-and-coming sailors, Marlow Ropes are also the official supplier and exclusive team ropes partner to the British Sailing Team.