Noah Rees (18) from Millbrook has been announced as winner of the RYA South West Regional Youth Champion Award 2019. He is one of eleven promising sailors and windsurfers from across the UK who were invited with their families to the official presentation on Sunday 03 March, at the RYA Dinghy Show. The awards were presented on the Main Stage by double Olympic silver medallist and RYA Director of Racing, Ian Walker.  

Noah was delighted with his award: “I’m really pleased to have won, and it was fantastic to be on stage with two Olympians at the Dinghy Show to receive it.” He is currently studying for his A levels, and finds sailing a great relief from revision. “If you can cope with being on a big start line, living through exam pressure gets a bit easier!” he said.  

He was nominated for the award by Alastair Guthrie at Cawsand Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), who said: “Noah started sailing a Topper at CBSC when he was eight. It took him a while to complete a race but with encouragement from club members and years of determination and perseverance it became difficult to keep him off the water. He moved into a Laser 4.7 then onto a Radial which he sailed at his two local clubs, CBSC and Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club. Noah was completely self-taught until the age of 16 when he decided that an RS Aero was the boat for him. That year he entered the Aero world championships in Carnac and became the Aero 7 Youth World Champion, a title that he held onto last year. This year he is setting his sights high for the Europeans in Lake Garda this summer and the Worlds in Melbourne at the end of the year.”  

Launched in 2014, the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards recognise the outstanding dedication, achievement and performance of talented young people in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.  

RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson commented: “We’re delighted to recognise the achievements of these individuals who have all shown lots of hard work, sacrifice and commitment. It’s fantastic to see so many young role models and true ambassadors for the sport.”