Amateur sailor wins prestigious award

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AN AMATEUR sailor who took part in a global yacht race has won a prestigious award.

Gavin Reid, who was born profoundly deaf, took part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and even swam between his boat and a stricken vessel to help a crew member who was stuck up the mast.

The amateur sailor beat Rio Olympics gold medallist Giles Scott and Round the Island Race record-holder Brian Thompson to be honoured as the 2016 YJA Yachtsman of the Year.

Gavin was a crew member on Mission Performance, which was skippered by Gosport’s Greg Miller.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founded of the Clipper race based in Gosport, said: ‘For a young man who had never sailed before, Gavin showed great commitment.’