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Newby Castleman partner sails to success

A partner at a Leicester chartered accountancy firm is celebrating after winning a sought-after sailing award.

After persevering in competitive weekly races on the water earlier this year, John Griffin, of Newby Castleman, was awarded the Rutland Sailing Club 2015 Spring Series trophy for the ‘National Squib One Design’ fleet.

Over an eight-week period, John took to the water with other squib sailors at Rutland Water, to compete for the sought after Spring Series title.

John, who lives in Leicester, has sailed competitively for just two years. He said: “After many Saturdays on the water, I’m thrilled to have achieved some serious sailing results that I can build on for the 2016 racing season.”

As well as achieving his Spring Series title, John recently took to the water again at the Royal Dart Yacht Club in Dartmouth, Devon and competed in one of the world’s largest charity sailing events called Bart’s Bash.

Sailing clubs worldwide participate in this charity sailing event, raising funds in memory of sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE, British Olympic Gold and Silver medallist, who drowned during the last America’s Cup yacht race. Funds raised are used to help transform the lives of young people through the sport of sailing.

John was placed 14th out of 29 racers at Dartmouth and achieved an overall placing of 3,497 out of 7,416 participating boats worldwide at 278 different venues.

John continued: “I am very proud to have taken part in such a significant, worldwide race, and for such a good cause. I’m looking forward to building on the successes of this season in 2016 at Rutland Sailing Club and also improving my position in Bart’s Bash.”