Henry Bomby Wins Place at World’s Leading Training Centre
Kingswear sailor, Henry Bomby has won a place at the notoriously tough, Pole Finistere training centre in Brittany, France. He’s just started at the prestigious centre, considered by many to be the top offshore sailing facility in the world.
Henry will be spending the year training alongside some of his greatest rivals ahead of his next season in the Figaro, a 33ft boat that he races single-handed. He’s one of only two British sailors to be training there in that class of boat. Henry siad, “I am really excited to be here in Port la Foret, a new year and a new challenge. It really is a hub for sailors like me, with 30 of the best all based here in one way or another. The work put in here is what success on the water is built from. There is a lot to get used to, not least the language barrier, but these are exciting times for sure.”
The intense training combines classroom lectures in French on weather, navigation and sport psychology, with gym sessions and racing on the water. Henry is also working hard to find sponsorship to ensure he can be as competitive as possible come the racing season and the month-long, Solitaire du Figaro in June.
“As I am still on the hunt for a title sponsor I have kindly been lent a boat by a previous Figaro champion called Charles Caudrelier who has became a bit of a mentor and coach, meaning my first few weeks of training have been highly productive. There are 6 previous winners of the Solitaire training at Pole Finistere, all with different approaches to success, so it is great to pick stuff up from all of them, especially as some have 15-20 years worth of experience on the circuit. To say I feel like the young newbie would be an understatement!”
First published March/April 2013 By The Dart