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He has travelled through sailing from winning six Mirror dinghy titles as a young teenager (and one more as a 40-something sailing with his daughter Zoe) to two Olympic medals and then victory in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race… but Ian Walker’s current day job as the racing manager of the Royal Yachting Association may offer some even bigger challenges

I’ve always thought of myself as a young gun but as I approach my 50th birthday and watch my daughter sailing a 420 (as I once did) it is beginning to dawn on me that I am not so young any more.

I grew up sailing in the 1980s when many boats were still made of wood with Dacron sails, big regattas had one long race per day, there was no sponsorship allowed in Olympic sailing and a compass on your dinghy was as high tech as it got.

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