A host of top ten finishes has left the British Youth Sailing team hungry for more as the 2019 Youth Worlds comes to a close.

Competing for medals across most fleets on the final day of racing in Gydnia, Poland, the young sailors fell just short of the international podium.

Coming within just a single point of bronze and posting the best 420 boys result in 10 years, Haydn Sewell and Will Heathcote are more determined than ever to come back stronger and have set their sights on a 2020 medal.

“Our winter training will be geared towards qualifying again for the Youth Worlds by winning the RYA Youth Nationals and being selected again,” said helm Sewell. “This has made us even more hungry to come back and medal.”


In their second year of Youth Worlds racing, 29er team Freya Black and Millie Aldridge have experience and medals at the top level of the youth skiff class and knew just how strong the international field was.

Black said: “It’s one of the most challenging events we have done. It tested every skill we had.

"It was a long regatta and we had to look at ourselves and deal with some big setbacks. But we did just that and we move on with a positive mindset.”

For RYA coach and Team Leader Jonny McGovern, he could not be prouder of the attitude from the next generation of British sailors: “They all showed a really professional approach and worked well together to keep fighting all week. We had a real mix of conditions throughout the competition and it was great to see so many in contention for medals going into the last day.   

“The experience the sailors gained this week will give them a great springboard to build on in the future. I’m very proud to have been associated with such a talented group of sailors...now on to the next startline.”

Final results:

 

420 
6th - Girls: Eleanor Keers (17 – Itchenor Sailing Club) and Faye Chatterton (15 – Waldringfield Sailing Club) 
4th - Boys: Haydn Sewell (16 - West Kirby Sailing Club) and Will Heathcote (16 - Royal Lymington Yacht Club)

 

29er 
5th - Girls: Freya Black (17) and Millie Aldridge (18) – HISC/Parkstone Sailing Club 
4th - Boys: Ewan Wilson (15 - Wormit Boating Club) and Finley Armstrong (17 - Royal Torbay Yacht Club)   

 

Laser Radial 
5th - Girls: Matilda Nicholls (17) – ASWC Portland/Aldeburgh Yacht Club 
16th - Boys: James Foster (16) – Poole Yacht Club   

 

RS:X 
7th - Girls: Mollie Densley-Robins (18) - WPNSA

5th - Boys: Finn Hawkins (16) - Porthpean Sailing Club   

 

Nacra 15
15th - Theo Williams (18) and Jasmine Williams (15) - Restronguet Sailing Club