Having sailed from a young age, Ben has been competing since he was 11 and won his first national champions in 1999 in the topper class. Following this he moved through the RYA youth programme into the 29er and then began 49er racing in 2001 whilst studying in Southampton.
Following University Ben turned professional as part of the RYA Development and Olympic squads before joining Selden in 2007. Ben can now be found racing in numerous classes each season developing the Selden product.
Int 14 POW Cup 1st - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Contender National Champion - 2011, 2012
Fireball National Champion - 2008, 2010
RS 800 National Champion - 2006, 2008, 2010
RS 800 Eurocup 1st - 2009, 2010
505 National Champion - 2012
Int 14 European Champion - 2010
49er National Champion - 2006
Topper National Champion - 1999
Int 14 World Championsips 2nd - 2009, 2011
Fireball World Championships 2nd - 2008
Contender World Champions 7th - 2011
Chips Howarth is one of the UK greatest dinghy talents, an impressive string of championships wins as both helm and crew in a variety of classes, and sailing with some of the worlds greatest sailors.
'I have used Selden rigs for most of my sailing life, not only are the sections and tapers the most efficient, and so the fastest, the fittings are also reliable and great quality. The adjustable spreader bracket system is a ‘must have’ on a racing dinghy'
4x Fireball World Champion
Enterprise World Champion
Musto Skiff European Champion
Laser 4000 Eurocup
Endeavour Trophy Winner
National Titles in Fireball, Laser 4000, RS200, B14, RS800, Enterprise, J24, Ultra 30
A leading Fireball sailor, Dave has also been successful in the Scorpion class. As sail loft manager at P&B, he has worked with Selden to develop winning rig and sail packages for more than a decade.
2x Fireball National Champion
3x Scorpion National Champion
1st Wayfarer Nationals 2011
Henry started sailing aged 3 in the family Mirror and Wayfarer, at 7 he started sailing on his own in an old wooden Optimist in the lagoon as his home club, Hayling Island Sailing Club.
After trying an RS Tera, Henry was hooked and has never looked back, he gained a place in the RS Tera Class Association Intermediate Squad at the end of 2010
In 2011 Henry started competing outside Chichester Harbour, winning the Under 10’s trophy at the National Championships then going on to win the Inland Nationals in his first competitive season at 9 years old.
2012 has been another very strong season for Henry, competing in his first World Championships in Italy coming 4th in the Sport fleet, and his season highlight, winning the UK National Championships at Burnham Sailing Club.
He has also started sailing an RS Feva both as helm and crew, as a helm gaining a position in the Silver fleet at the RS Feva World Championships and as a crew delivering top 10 results at 2012 RS Feva Grand Prix.
National Championships 14th (First Under 10)
Inland National Championships 1st
Eastern Area Championships 2nd
Southern Area Championships 2nd
RS Tera National Squad
World Championships 4th
National Championships 1st
Southern Area Championships 2nd
Inland National Championships 5th
RS Tera National Squad
James joined Team Selden in 2012 crewing for Ben McGrane in the International 14. With the support of Selden this year James recorded his first National Championship victory, winning the International 14 POW race and week in only his second attempt.
POW Cup Winner 2012
POW Week 1st 2012
RS800 National Champions 3rd 2012
Roger is undoubtably one of the most successful amatuer sailors, a clear ability to race in a variety of tactical classes, he has also achieved an impressive string of results in the International 14 class over recent years.
Roger has worked closely with the technical office at Selden to help develop the current International 14 spars and deck hardware product ranges.
International 14 POW 1st - 2009, 2010, 2011
Merlin Rocket National Champion 2006, 2007
Merlin Rocket Salcombe Week Winner, 2006
SB3 World Champion - 2008
Endeavour Champion of Champions 1st
RS400 Multiple National Champion
RS200 Multiple National and Eurocup Champion
Int 14 European Champion 2010
International 14 Worlds 2nd - 2009, 2011
Roz is widely respected as one of the best amatuer crews currently racing in the UK. She has had much success racing in a variety of domestic and international classes, most notable winning the SB3 worlds in 2008 and is also the most successful RS800 sailor in the history of the class.
Roz has also raced on the International cicuits for the Melges 24 and Melges 32.
SB3 Worlds 1st - 2008
RS800 Eurocup 1st - 2006, 2008, 2010
RS800 National Champion - 2010
Cherub National Champion - 2008, 2009
Laser 4000 National Champion - 2006
Based in the Midlands, Sarah Norbury has been the leading female sailor in the Optimist Class for 3 years. In a class where there can be up to 500 sailors at the National Championships, it is no mean feat to retain 1st girl and no.2 overall in the UK rankings.
Sarah’s sailing career has enabled her to compete as part of Team GBR all over the World, from a Friendship Regatta in Tokyo in 2009 to the Optimist World Championships in New Zealand 2011. In between, she has competed for Team GBR in Germany,Italy,Poland,Spain,Belgium and the Netherlands.
Having completed a successful career in Optimists with the European Championships 2012 inItaly, at 15, Sarah Norbury has now moved into the 420.
In her first event, the 420 Nationals held in Torbay in August 2012, with stiff competition including Neil Marsden (sailing with Kirsty Unwin), Annabel Vose and a number of other experienced 18 year old sailors, Sarah was very pleased to be 15th overall.
Since the Nationals, Sarah has teamed up with Mari Davies as crew, who has recently moved out of the Topper National Squad, having sailed in the Topper World Championships in August 2012. She and Sarah have been working hard to get their processes right for the Inlands held at Burton in September 2012. Despite their inexperience as a team, they managed a very creditable 19th place.
Sarah said “Our boat speed is pretty good and we managed to round the first mark within the top ten several times over the weekend – which we were quite proud of in our first event together.”
Sarah and Mari are using a Selden Kappa Mast.
19th in the 420 Inlands Championship,Burton
15th in the 420 National Championships ,Torbay
Represented GBR in the Optimist European Championships,Italy
Represented GBR in the Optimist World Championships,New Zealand
British Ladies Optimist Champion
British Ladies Junior Optimist Champion
Tim Riley and Luke Burywood won the 2013 RYA Youth Nationals in the 420 class. Tim is a well known youth sailor having a successful track record in Optimist and 420.
Tim started in the 420 class helming for Ed, his older brother. They helped Seldén with the development of the new Zeta section which was specifically designed for 420. Zeta is the ideal all-round section for 420. It is stiffer than Kappa allowing medium and heavier crews to power up early. However it is softer than Cumulus so is easy to de-power in stronger conditions.
Tim and Luke used a standard Zeta mast to win the 2013 Youth Nationals combined with an Olympus section boom.
Vince has been racing at the top end of the dinghy scene for more than 20 years achieving much success both domestically and internationally. Most notable being wins in the Fireball class at the National and European Championships.
An undenyable passion for the sport, Vince can be found competing nearly every weekend in either the Fireball or Solo. As of 2012 Vince is also racing in the 505 class.
'I have always used Selden spars due to their reliability and the easy to use and replicate spreader adjustment which is critical in the Fireball Class. I always use the Cumulus section in the Fireball as I find it the most consistent mast across all wind ranges.
In the Solo I use the D section which is said to be the heavy weight mast, but with loads of rake I can hang on in there up wind and just let the boat go downwind with my lightweight advantage.'
Fireball European Champion
Fireball National Champion
Fireball Runner up World Championships
Fireball Inland Champion
Scorpion Inland Champion
at 2012 Nationals