25th February 2018 - Alex Barnes

Image credit: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy

Talented Laser Radial sailor Hannah Snellgrove has started crowd funding in order to restart her international and Olympic campaign. 

The 27 year old from Lymington is the only women to have won the British National title three times but a lack of funding forced her off the international scene in late 2015, despite being ranked 17th in the world at the time.

Snellgrove has spent the past two years racing domestically when she can, juggling her training with a full time job (including a brief stint as our guest sailing commentator last year) but despite all this, she has recently proven that she is still capable of mixing with the best. 

With very little time in the boat behind her, Snellgrove placed in an impressive 28th at the Sailing World Cup in Weymouth in June 2016, A year later, without a full time coach and through self funding, Snellgrove competed at and won the Ladies' competition at the Laser Europa Cup in Hoorn, Netherlands, before going on to compete at three other major international competitions over the past seven months. 

At the Laser Radial Women's World Championships in August, Snellgrove earned herself a 26th place finish, trading places with the world's best in the top 10 consistently. She then had another competitive result at the Laser & Laser Radial European Championships, securing an excellent 14th place.

In January 2018, Snellgrove spent a month training and competing in Miami, USA, which culminated in a 22nd place finish at the Miami Sailing World Cup, with Alison Young being the only GBR representative ahead of her. 

With her experience, determination and fitness dragging herself into competitive results against full time sailors, Snellgrove is looking to restart her international career and Olympic campaign with new coaching and a support team, whilst she is also actively looking for sponsorship. 

Snellgrove is still ranked 51 in the world, making her the third highest British sailor for the Laser Radial class, and has achieved rankings inside the top 30 since she has been self funded.

The theory is that with a proper support network and better funding behind her, Snellgrove can turn those competitive races into world beating results and get her towards the top of the standings. 

At the moment, Snellgrove has begun a crowd funding campaign in order to buy a new Laser Radial to race in. She hopes to have the new equipment by March, so that she can train for and then compete in the Princess Sofia Regatta in April.

Her focus will then turn to the World Championships and Japanese World Cup in the later stages of 2018.  To find out more about Snellgrove's campaign, or to help fund her next competitions, please visit her crowd funding page by clicking here.

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