Bleddyn Mon (GBR)

Wing trimmer/grinder

Name

Bleddyn Mon

Birth Place

Bangor, Wales

Languages

English, Welsh

Lives

Portsmouth

QA

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Etchells National Champion (2014)
  • Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave Muscat (2012), JP Morgan BAR (2014)
  • Bronze Splash Worlds (2009)
  • Silver 29er Europeans (2008)
  • Silver 29er Worlds (under 19) (2008) 
  • Twice 29er National Champion (2007/08) and UK Youth National Champion (2009)
  • Twice Topper National Champion (2005/06

Who inspired you to start sailing? 
My parents. We sailed as a family from a local beach on Anglesey. Pretty sure i was mainly interested in building sand castles at the time!

First boat? 
Yellow GP14

First sailing club? 
Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club

Childhood hero?
The governor (Ben). I remember watching him win his first gold in Sydney when I was 8. 

When did you know you wanted sailing to be a career rather than a hobby? 
From the age of 10 i had ambitions of being a 'professional sailor'. At the time I was dreaming of Olympic medals rather than the Americas Cup. However, my parents did a good job of keeping me down to earth and were adamant that i should have some sort of back up too.

What do you love most about sailing? 
The opportunity to race in some amazing places around the world, and the combination of physical, mental and technical aspects.

What has sailing taught you? 
As for any high level sport, sailing has taught me lots. There are so many transferable skills that can be applied to life, study or work.

Favourite ever sailing race?
2012 Extreme Sailing Series in Porto. This was my first ever event on an Extreme 40, there were massive crowds lining the river and we won!

How do you know when you have good form? 
When everything on board happens instinctively, leaving your mind clear to stay one step ahead of the opposition.

How do you keep going when you're on the limit? 
This is when having a goal is really important. With this in your mind anything in possible.

Career highlight? 
I think my national championship victories back in my junior and youth days will always be pretty special. Other than that I feel that I'm at a very early stage in my sailing career, so hopefully the result in 2017 can be my next highlight.

If you weren't a sailor, what would you be? 
Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer would be the obvious answer, but I'm pretty good on a ergo, so could give rowing a crack. 
Either way it would need to involve sport or competition.

Best advice? 
The best advice i would give any young sailor is to sail as many different classes as possible to maximise your experience.

What other sports do you play now? 
I don't have much time for other sports, but i do a bit of cycling and i want to learn to kitesurf.

How do you spend your time when you are not sailing?
In the gym or working in the design office.

Insight: Read more about Bleddyn Mon

Bleddyn Mon

Bleddyn was born in Bangor (North Wales) and started sailing at an early age from Traeth Bychan on Anglesey; initially with his brothers in Mirrors before moving on to a Topper. In his teenage years, he became a World and European medallist in the 29er. Since then, Bleddyn has studied Mechanical Engineering Aerospace at the University of Southampton, which included a 12-month industrial placement with the Red Bull Formula 1 team as part of the Aerodynamic Development Group. During university, he competed in the Extreme Sailing Series with The Wave Muscat in 2012 and most recently with J.P. Morgan BAR in 2014. He has also competed in 49ers, 470s, Etchells and several IRC class boats. Alongside his sailing role, Bleddyn is part of the Performance and Instrumentation Team.