Megan Brickwood

Helm

Date of birth: 6 April 1995
Birth place: Southampton, Hampshire
Home town: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Steph Orton

Crew

Date of birth: 20 June 1996
Birth place: Chichester, West Sussex
Home town: Chichester, West Sussex

FX team Megan Brickwood and Steph Orton had very different starts to their sailing journeys.

Brickwood recalls being ‘dragged’ on to a boat at a young age with her parents while Orton demanded to be helm of her parents Mirror at the age of six.

Now, Brickwood and Orton take on the skiff – but it could have been a lot different.

Brickwood was previously a crew in the 470 but switched to the helm position, something she describes as her toughest sailing challenge.

When learning to sail the 49erFX Orton was caught in a storm off Hayling Island in which even her support boat was flooded. This didn’t dampen her drive to join the British Sailing Team and now with new helm Brickwood the pair look to win international medals in the skiff.