Lymington teenagers Milly Boyle and Vita Heathcote have clinched
the 420 world championship crown after a thrilling finale in Vilamoura, Portugal.
The pair dominated the week-long regatta, notching up eight
top ten finishes including three wins over the 10-race series.
They saw their healthy lead cut to just a few points on the
final day under pressure from Italian duo Irene Calici and Petra Gregori, but managed
to hang on for the win.
Victory was sealed when the last race of the event was
abandoned due to lack of wind.
Heathcote and Boyle have risen through the ranks of the
British Youth Sailing programme, which aims to develop the world’s best young
Last year they represented the British Youth Sailing Team at
the Youth World Championships, finishing in second.
“It’s the weirdest feeling ever, I still can’t believe it’s
actually happened,” said Heathcote, 17.
“The last race was so nerve-racking . After five years of
sailing 420s we’ve finally won the world championships and it’s such a good
Boyle, 18, added: “The Italian girls did so well and deserved
everything that they got. We got a little lucky at the end but we will take that.
World champions – we’ll tick that box off, thank you very much!”
Heathcote and Boyle finished the regatta four points ahead
of Calici and Gregori, with Melina Pappa and Maria Tsamopoulou of Greece taking
Britain’s Jess Lavery and Rebecca Coles were eighth. In the
boys’ fleet, Haydn Sewell and Will Heathcote were the top Brits in 15th.
Full results from the regatta can be found here.