Rutland Sailability member Logan Bell says sailing lets him 'be me' after taking part in the Royal Yatching Association Sailability Multiclass Regatta at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue at Portland
An 11-year-old Stamford sailor, who says sailing lets him ‘be me’, has taken part in a regatta at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue.
Logan Bell was part of about 20 sailors from Rutland Sailability who travelled to Portland for the 2019 Royal Yatching Association Sailability Multiclass Regatta between July 5 and 7, the biggest disability sailing event of its kind.
Logan was in a boat with 17 year-old Jensen Kendall and instructor John Deane.
He has a number of conditions including autism and carpel tunnel syndrome and this was his first time sailing on the sea.
Logan said: “It was different but quite enjoyable, but you really had to work 10 times harder on than usual.
“The waves weren’t too bad.
“We’ve had bad weather and big waves at Rutland recently and I didn’t think being on the sea could be any worse than that!
“When I come sailing I’m me, not what other people want me to be.
“I enjoy sailing - it gives you freedom.
“If you’ve had a really rubbish day and feel irritated you just have to go sailing and you’re fine.”
Valerie Millward, from Rutland, defended her challenger class title.