How London and South East sailors fared at the Youth World Championships

Four young sailors from London and the South East were among fifteen of the nation’s top young sailing talents flying the flag for Great Britain at the Youth Sailing World Championships. We hear about their experiences from the exhilarating 52nd edition of the event in Armação dos Buzios, Brazil.
22 Jan 24
Ella Geiger,Kite Foil

We previously reported how the four were preparing for the event.  Now we hear about their experiences there. 

Madeline Bilborough from London, 29er

Madeline Bilbrough together with Annabelle Vines clinched the 12th position in the female 29er category, describing the event as challenging yet brilliant. They thought the event's ‘best bits’ were the competitive atmosphere and the supportive camaraderie within the GBR team.

Charlie Gran from Funtington in West Sussex, 29er

Charlie Gran and Sam Webb secured 4th place in the intensely competitive male/mixed 29er fleet. Discussing the event, Sam emphasised the importance of perseverance until the race's final moments.

Mattia Maini from Herne Bay in Kent, Formula Kite

In the male kiteboarding category, Mattia Maini secured 8th place, he shared that he enjoyed the event's different conditions and challenges and is planning to incorporate these experiences into his upcoming training in Fuerteventura.

Ella Geiger from Haywards Heath in West Sussex, Formula Kite

Kite rider Ella Geiger (see photo above) competed in the female fleet and after some close races she finished the event in 5th place. She shared: “I had great event and learnt how to better my tactical skills around the racecourse!”

The full results

Check out World Sailing to find out the full event results.