We are absolutely delighted that Old Oakhamian Emily Nagel has been selected as part of team AkzoNobel in the world’s toughest sailing event, the Volvo Ocean Race. It is held every three years and starts on 22 October 2017.
Emily, who left Oakham School in 2012 and studied engineering at Southampton University, followed by an internship with America’s Cup team SoftBank Japan, is the youngest female sailor to join this team.
Her selection comes after two months of trialling and participating in every stage of the Volvo Ocean Race’s qualifier series. She is currently engaged in an intensive training program and speed testing from the team’s base in Portugal.
During her time at Oakham, Emily sailed RS Fevas and was part of the British National Squad competing at the World and European Championships. After Fevas, she moved into the schools’ Team Racing Circuit and won bronze at the European Championships.
“This is a fantastic achievement for Emily,” said D of E Gold Sailing Leader Nick Neve. “Not only is she exceptionally talented, but she has also worked incredibly hard building up years of sailing and technical experience to win her place in the team. We wish her the very best of luck and we’ll certainly be watching the race closely to follow her progress. She is yet another inspiration for our current sailors.”