The 17-year-old topped the podium in the 420 class along with teammate Alex Smallwood, beating the cream of British Youth Sailing.

Dominating the 420 fleet from the outset and securing gold with a day to spare, Alex Smallwood (Datchet Water SC) and Ross Thompson were the runaway winners.

Thompson was delighted to win his first Youth Nationals medal: “I’m really happy to have won.”

“We really enjoyed the mix of conditions and the one really windy day, which was good fun. It’s made for really good competition.”

His crew, Smallwood, added: “It’s been a pretty challenging week and we’ve worked really hard for it.”

The pair went into the event aiming to qualify for the 420 European Championships. Following an impressive performance, the duo will now be aiming for a medal at the Championships in Greece in July when they take on the best youth sailors from around the continent.

Mark Nicholls, Event Director, said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic week at Hayling Island.

“The club and the volunteers are outstanding and have really supported a wonderful event.

“The weather has cooperated and the standard of sailing has been the highest I think I’ve ever seen It’s been a brilliant event.”

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