With the introduction of a double handed, mixed offshore world championship to the annual sailing calendar and an offshore medal on the roster for the Paris 2024 Olympics, British sailors Hannah Diamond and Henry Bomby have joined forces to race together in 2019, laying down strong foundations for a full Olympic campaign.
Although the prospect of Olympic selection is four years away the British pairing are starting their campaign early intending to make good use of time [a key component of any successful sailing campaign.]
The new duo will race the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race, along with other domestic shorter races. Diamond & Bomby will be racing onboard Jeanneau’s brand new Sun Fast 3300 model made available through a new partnership between UK Jeanneau dealer - Sea Ventures and the Cowes based Offshore Academy Sea Ventures MD Nigel Colley says..
"We are delighted to be supporting The Offshore Academy and such talented British sailors as Hannah and Henry – The Sun Fast 3300 was designed with the intent to be raced double handed and so it will provide a good test bed for their campaign. I’m excited to be following the team and seeing how the boat will perform in the hands of the young guns. We sailed together at the recent Sun Fast World Cup in France, and I’ve seen first-hand that the boat will be in very capable hands.”
Diamond and Bomby will race one of the first batch of 4 boats and are working alongside Jeanneau to finalise the detailing and optimisation prior to full production starting in the autumn.
The Sun Fast 3300 fits firmly in the middle of the proposed 2024 Olympic equipment criteria, and being French built would be an obvious contender for selection. Early knowledge of the boat is clearly an advantage, but more importantly is the time on the water, two-handed in this size of boat.