Seventeen year old Harry Newton, a member of Whitstable Yacht Club and Westbere Frostbite Sailing Association is the winner of the Barton Rising Star Competition and will become a Barton Marine brand ambassador in 2021.
Harry has been sailing Toppers since he was nine years old and after joining Kent Sailing School Association in 2016 has taken part in multiple race series including the Traveller, National and World Topper championships. Winning a place on the RYA Topper London and South East Zone Squad in 2017/18 followed by the ITCA National 5.3 Topper Squad in 2018/19, Harry raced at the 5.3 Topper Worlds in Medemblick, Netherlands in August 2019. Upon returning from the Worlds Harry switched class and began racing in the UKLA Laser Series with a goal of achieving a place on the national squad and winning a gold medal at the Olympics.
Harry Newton said, “I was so pleased to hear that I had won the Barton Rising Star Competition. Sailing is a big part of my life and to have the support of Barton is great. Despite the Covid restrictions, I still managed to get in some sailing and training this year and entered a few Laser National competitions before the second lockdown. I really look forward to being the Barton brand ambassador in 2021 and hope for a full season of racing.”
As well as his racing accomplishments, Harry has a host of RYA qualifications including RYA Race Coach Level 2 to help train his peers at Whitstable Yacht Club and is planning to carry out Dinghy Instructor training with the cadets and scouts over the next year.
Christian Brewer, Barton Marine Sales Manager said, “We are delighted to have selected our first Rising Star and look forward to working with Harry throughout 2021 to support his sailing ambitions, help develop and test the Barton range as well as inspire other young people to get involved with sailing.”
Alongside the title of Barton Rising Star, Harry will have access to a full complement of Barton equipment to kit out his Laser, Barton branded clothing and accessories, a GoPro camera to record his experiences out on the water and a Barton mentorship to help him achieve his personal goals and objectives. Harry will become very much a part of the Barton team.