Sailing scholars

William Alloway


Since training alongside fellow Olympians, Will wanted to follow his dream and become a professional sailor. By putting in hard work and dedication, Will has been a National Champion in the 29er Class and is currently ranked 21st in the World in the 49er Class and hopes to improve this by winning the Youth America’s Cup. Will aims to compete and place at the 2020 Olympic Games and is currently a Land Rover BAR Academy Sailor, receiving support and help to create a pathway ultimately into the America’s Cup. Most recently he was part of the team who have won the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Katie Dabson

Course: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Katie grew up in Bedford, and since competing in sailing at the age of 10 and being inspired by 2012 Olympics, she hasn’t looked back. Some of Katie’s achievements so far include competing in the RYA Ladies Youth National Champions, qualifying for the EUROSAF championships in the Laser radial and coming 4th girls overall at the 29er world championships.

Now, Katie is preparing for the 470 Junior World Championships and the Sailing World Cup in June 2016.

Rhos Hawes

Course: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science 

It was a simple suggestion from a grandmother to eight year old Rhos that soon developed into a love for sailing. Rhos has not looked back competing many times since, with a third place in the 420 Youth National Championships in 2012 his greatest achievement to date.

Rhos has recently moved across from the 470 sailing class to the 49er, finding it more comfortable and is hoping that the change will be beneficial to his performance in competition.

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Ross Mackley

Course: BSc (Hons) Marine and Composites Technology

From sailing on the beach with friends, Ross hasn’t stopped since and aims to go higher and higher with his sailing ambitions. The University location, course and sporting excellence scholarship was perfect for getting him further with his dream.

Ross’s achievements include coming first / 183 in the Laser Radial National Youth ranking and first /92 in the Optimist Mediterranean Championship. Over the last year Ross represented Plymouth University at the BUCS fleet nationals.

James Taylor

Course: BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance

James is a four-time National Champion in the 420 sailing and RS Feva class. He also placed 11th at the Junior Europeans in 2016, sailing in the 470 class. 

James’ greatest achievement so far was going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as sailing partner to 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist Luke Patience who ultimately came 5th in the 2016 Olympics.

James is passionate about his sport and his dream is to be able to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Andrew Whapshott

Course: BSc (Hons) Marine and Composites Technology

After meeting Olympic medallist Ian Percy at Weston Sailing Club during the 2008 SWSA Youth Regatta, Andrew realised that he wanted to take his sporting career to the next level. Alongside regular training at Plymouth's Mountbatten Centre, and a win at the first 49er UK Class event of the year, Andrew has found time to build his own International Moth racing dinghy with the support of his placement company.

Being on the Sporting Excellence Scholarship programme has provided Andrew with the advice and support that he needs to keep on track with his academic and sporting career.