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Sailor Profile: CHIPS HOWARTH. 2001 European Champion Bookmark and Share

Here is a Q&A that was completed by MPS 2001 European Champion CHIPS HOWARTH.

What got you into the MPS class?
I was working for the mast supplier, I had been heavily involved in the final development of the boat and loved sailing it during the development. Colin Goodman and I were nearly arrested for ‘kiting it’ up the Hamble River at 15kts during the development! (spinnakers have since been banned from the Hamble River since that incident... an MPS claim to fame that not many people know!).

What have you sailed previously?
Cadet, 470, 420, Enterprise, RS200, B14, GP14, Merlin Rocket, Melges 24, J24, Albacore, Lark, Ultra 30, Fireball, Laser 5000, Laser 4000.

How old, tall and heavy are you?
I am now 38, when I won the MPS Europeans, I was 29, weighed 68kg and 5’10”. I was too light and short!

How much training did you do in the MPS in the year prior to the nationals win?
My training was just loads of ‘on the water’ time at HISC beating the RS700s. The Class was new and a boat handling edge was the key.

Did you do any specific training exercises to improve your boatspeed & handling?
Loads of sailing, focussed on maximising my short leverage, I also think I was more raked than everyone else, i did this to de power but it looks like this has become the fast set up over time... i like to think I was a pioneer!

What were your rig settings (Rake, tensions (shroud & lowers) spreaders (length & deflection))?
Not a clue!

What did it feel like to lift the trophy at the prize giving?
It felt absolutely brilliant as the fleet has some great names (Rich Stenhouse, the Sibello Brothers... currently raked No 1 in 49er, Colin Goodman etc..), to win on Lake Garda and receive the trophy from the great Luca Devoti was a very proud moment.

Do you have any sponsors?
At the time, Selden Masts who still make a great product for the MPS.

What other hobbies do you have?
I now do fell running and mountain biking, i am now at the back of these fleets!

Are you married / have any kids?
Married with two kids, (ages 3 & 5), that slows you down alot!

What is your favourite band/music?
Oasis, Stereophonics... I am a bit ‘90’s Brit pop!

What's your favourite food?
Can’t beat sea food in Portugal, there are not enough regattas in Portugal.

What is your day job?
Sales & Marketing Director of Oceanair, a blind manufacturer for boats, super yachts and super homes.

Other sailor Profiles

Daniel Henderson 2011 World Champion

Richard Stenhouse Multiple Champion

Bruce Keen. 2010 UK National Champion

Rick Perkins. 2007 UK National Champion


Ian Trotter. 2005 UK National Champion

Kev Anderson. 2004 UK National Champion

Gabriel Wicke. 2002 European Champion

Chips Howarth 2001 European Champion


 

 

 

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