Nigel Fletcher – Grade 12 Vanier
What first got you involved with sailing?
Hornby – I took a sailing course there I don’t even remember how long ago that was. It was through Hornby Rec. I went to another one there and that is where I met Rob Douglas who said hey you should come sail with us in Comox. So I came here and haven’t stopped sailing since then.
What boat do you sail?
Did you start with a laser?
No, I started with sailing the Opti and then I went to laser, I sailed 4.7and then radial and 29er for a bit and this season I’ve come back to sailing the laser again.
Tell me some things you enjoy about sailing?
There is a lot of diversity and different boats you can sail in this sport – it’s a lot of fun!!
The one thing you love most about sailing?
Any winnings or races that you are proud of?
Well… not really as of yet.
Have you ever sailed a Keel boat?
Ya, not as much as I would like. My uncle got one recently.
Do you see yourself being a larger boat sailor down the road?
I hope so – would be great to have that opportunity for sure.
Any advice you’d give to new sailors?
It’s all about having fun – even on days where it’s not too windy – you can still have a lot of fun.
You are graduating this year – what are you up to next?
I am taking a gap year. I’ll be coaching sailing on Hornby – I’ve done that for a few years and then I am going on a bunch of trips through BC to mountain bike and stuff. Then I’ll be looking to work on the mountain for the winter – I don’t know which mountain yet though. Then I’ll be off to UVIC after all that.