Hometown Swanage, Dorset
2016 Solitaire - Bompard Le Figaro 35th
"I have followed the Artemis Offshore Academy while dinghy racing for many years, wanting to advance my sailing to a discipline more extreme and adventurous. I've now proved that I possess the raw ingredients to make it as a solo sailor, I am excited to be working with the Academy - enhancing the necessary skills to become a talented offshore sailor and further the success of the programme."
Hugh started competitive dinghy sailing at the age of 10, and won the 420 Youth Nationals with helm Mike Wood in 2010, after which they were selected to represent Great-Britain at the ISAF Youth World where they would finish 6th.
Hugh then made his way up to the British Sailing Team crewing on a 470. Still with helm Mike wood, they would finish 2nd at the Under 22 European Nationals in 2012 and in 2013.
This 2016 season is Hugh’s first solo offshore experience. He started out the season with a 17th place at the Solo Concarneau. At the next race of the season, the Solo Maitre Coq, his finished 14th overall after having a very good offshore race. He then finished 14th of the Solo Normandie.
For his first attempt at the Solitaire, Hugh finished 35th. He had to abandon Leg 3 on the first night after his forstay broke.
Best Pol Roger celebration? Completing my first solo offshore race after a traumatic 2 days at sea, it was the key to realising what I had just accomplished
Which Elliot Brown watch is for you? I am the proud owner of an Elliot Brown Bloxworth in gunmetal grey and metal strap, a classic looking 'diving' watch with highlights of orange. It's a timepiece I can wear on the water, on the street and out in the evening.
Most memorable Kilchoman moment? At the end of a hard day racing, feet up on a balcony over looking the water and boats. Obviously with the addition of a stunning sunset!
Most loved item of Musto kit? My Musto HPX boots are currently doing wonders onboard the figaro, a very comfortable and lightweight boot that allows me to bounce around the boat through the wash but consistently keep my feet dry and warm.