Adam Billany

Para Sailing

'The thing I love most about sailing is that it makes me feel free: when I am on the water I forget about everything else'

  • Adam Billany
  • Adam Billany
  • Adam Billany
  • Adam Billany


Adam first tried sailing in his uncle's topper when he was 10 years old. He loved it and two years later, moved into para sailing in an old 2.3m Access Dinghy which enabled him to develop his skills at the helm. From there, he moved into the 2.4m para sailing class, in which he currently competes.


From March to December Adam trains for up to four hours, three times a week, mostly at Derwent Resevoir, fitting his training around his college work. As a member of the GB Paralympic development squad he also trains once a month throughout the year at the Leigh and Lawton RYA High Performance Centre.

Future Goals

Over the year Adam would like to rise to 4th in the UK para sailing rankings and finish in the top 10 at the next Inland Championships. Longer term, he hopes that sailing will be re-instated for the 2024 Olympic games, as he would love to represent Great Britain. He would also like to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Recent Competitions and Results

2016 RYA Spring Ranking Series - open age - 5th

2016 2.4m Inland Championships - open age - 14th 

2016 Ripon Sailing Club North East Youth Travellers - U19s - 1st

2016 2.4m Leigh and Lowton Open - open age - 2nd

2017 RYA Spring Ranking Series  (1st event) - open age - 4th