Islay Watson, 20, a youth world champion in 2018, was also the top British female at the iQFOiL International Games, held in Lake Garda, Italy, finishing seventh in the 66-strong women’s fleet.

Her gold in the under 21 category adds to the silver medal she won at the class European Championships in Switzerland in August.

“This event has been a challenge, but I have learned a lot from racing against the best in the world,” said Watson, from Aviemore, Scotland. “It is very encouraging to see from these results that the hard training I have done in the UK over this year has been effective. Hopefully I can continue to improve on these results in the future and keep working towards the end goal of a medal at the 2024 Olympics.”

 

The iQFOiL is a cutting-edge windsurfer that flies above the water using a hydrofoil. It has been slated for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympics, replacing the RS:X board.

The exciting new discipline has proved incredibly popular with British Sailing Team athletes as well as those competing in other windsurfing disciplines.

Despite the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has put on sport, a strong training group has developed operating from the British Sailing Team’s performance centre at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Results from the iQFOiL International Games can be found here.

Islay recently caught up with the team at RYA Scotland to discuss her journey into windsurfing and you can hear the interview here.