Daniel Henderson. 2011 World Champion
is a Q&A that was completed by World Champion Daniel
What got you
into the MPS class?
My Dad was good friends with Tim and Kay Tavinor who
supported me in the optimist, and also Paul Manning.
After the 29er there only seemed to be one single handed
skiff on the market worth owning so I chose the MUSTO.
What have you sailed previously?
Optimists until I was 13, Feva and Laser radial till
14, 29er till I was 16 then the MUSTO
How old, tall and heavy are you?
I am 20 (in 2011) years old, 6 foot tall and weigh 74kg.
How much training did you do in the MPS in the
year prior to the Worlds win?
I didnít do a lot of training prior to the
Worlds, a few weekends at Stokes bay and the 7 days
prior to the world championships at Sandringham yacht
Club with a few Australian MUSTO sailors. But I have
been in the class for some time and done most of the
Did you do any specific training
exercises to improve your boatspeed & handling?
I havenít really trained as part of a group before,
however i have just joined Stokes Bay where we have
15 MUSTOís so im starting to do more. I generally just
race, and try to focus on doing a lot of tacks and gybes
to improve boat handling.
What were your rig settings (Rake,
tensions (shroud & lowers) spreaders (length &
Rake: 7210, 29 on the shrouds, 11 on the lowers, 2 and
a half holes showing on the end on the spreaders.
What did it feel like to lift
the trophy at the prize giving?
Amazing, I still donít think it has sunk in that I have
actually won the World Champs.
Do you have any sponsors?
What other hobbies do you have?
Sad i know, but sailing seems to be the only one! I
enjoy racquet sports, and cross country biking
Are you married / have any kids?
No & no ...
What is your favourite band/music?
Rod Stewart, (no I am only joking Dan Vincent), Rihanna
What's your favourite food?
Partial to Chinese, or Indian
What is your day job?
Student at University of Portsmouth
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