HD Optimist Sailor Martin Wrigley

Martin why have you chosen HD Sails for your final years Optimist Campaign?


I have had my sails made by Andy Davis since 2006 when my grandad bought my first sail. After using it for a while my coach felt it was a bit too powerful and Andy suggested a flatter cut which I used at local regattas with great success. Over the last few years I have progressed through Zone squad, Intermediate Squad and National Squad with the sail recommended by Andy. Andy has been supportive throughout this period and he is a top level sailor himself. I know that my sail is made by someone as passionate about sailing as me. I have always been made very welcome at the loft and always had a personal message of support from the person who has made my sail when I have done well.

Martin Wrigley


Sailing Curriculum Vitae

Name: Martin Ian Charles Wrigley

Age: 15

Sailing Club: Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

Class: International Optimist




  • 4th Winter Championships
  • 1st Bowmoor Open
  • 9th Optimist Spring Championships


  • 3rd Optimist Winter Championships
  • 3rd Optimist End of Seasons Championships
  • 17th Welsh Optimist championships
  • 17th GBR boat Optimist National Championships
  • 2nd Barnt Green Open
  • 16th Optimist Spring Championship
  • 11th Gold fleet Burghfield Open
  • 1st New Years Day LLSC pursuit race


  • 8th Joint Squads National & National Intermediate WPNSA
  • 26th Optimist Winter Championships
  • 1st West Zone Championships
  • 1st Welsh Youth Regatta



Selected to represent RYA team GBR at the Trofeo Marcello Campobasso Naples 2012

Selected for RYA National Squad 2011 the top 24 nationally ranked sailors

Selected for RYA National Squad 2010 the top 30 nationally ranked sailors

Selected to represent RYA team GBR at the French Nationals at La Rochelle 2010

Selected for the RYA National Intermediate Squad 2009 for sailors nationally ranked 30 to 60

Selected for the RYA West Zone Squad 2008 top 12 sailors in the West of England


Sponsorship & Awards

Sponsored a Laser Vapor XD Optimist by Speedsails for the 2011 season

Awarded a bursary from Ready Steady Win 2011

Member of the IExcel a program designed to help young athletes still at school who are competing at national level

Halo Elite Member – Awarded to nationally competing atheletes which allows use of all gym and sports facilities in Herefordshire

Awarded Highly Commended Junior Male Sports Personality of the Year 2009


Additional information

I am fully supported by my family who help me participate in all National and International events that I am able to attend. I am supported fully by my school who have placed me on gifted and talented register for sport.

Here at HD Sails we wish Martin the best of look for the forth coming season!
Optimist Sail

2012 Dinghy Show This Weekend

This weekend we’re off to  Alexandra Palace for the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show. Both Jim and Andy will be wondering around the show visiting the class stands, if you would like to book a meeting with either of them please call the loft to arrange a time.

This year we have sails on the GP14 stand (Being Shown on Paintcraft’s new Duffin), the Allen Stand (Being Shown on a Winder Solo), Paintcraft Stand (Being shown a Paintcraft Scorpion) and the Merlin stand (Being shown on Jon Turners New Merlin).

Look forward to seeing you down there.

Andy & Jim


Shustoke Gauntlet

This weekend Andy is off to the Gauntlet, hopefully it won’t be frozen!!

Let’s hope it will be a good turn out and the weather doesn’t put people off. The forecast is saying it should be around 5 degrees and 6-10 knots of breeze.

Don’t forget your woolly hat!

Solo Winter Championships

A lot of people were put off by the forecast but 30 sailors ventured out at Grafham.

Our new Solo Kevlar Radial mainsail showed consistency at the front of the fleet, Andy Davis posted a 2nd in the first race, a 2nd in the second race and a 3rd in the last. Despite leading round the windward mark in the last race and being in a great position to take the championship it was not to be his day, a huge gust from behind had him swamped by other boats. Andy managed to get back to third and secure second overall.

A great debut for the HD Solo Mainsail.

Please call us on 0121 3562175 if you would like further information on our range of Solo sails.