Jasmine Williams and Sam Cox at the Youth Sailing World Championships.
Two youngsters from Truro have been selected to join 14 other under-18s to represent their country at a youth sailing championship.
Truro’s Jasmine Williams and Sam Cox are among sixteen of the country’s most promising young sailors who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Youth Sailing Championships.
The talented youngsters, all aged 18 or under, will represent the British Youth Sailing (BYS) team in eight classes at the 51st edition of the prestigious youth event in The Hague, Netherlands, from July 8-15, 2022.
The sailors were selected to the team for their performances in 29er, 420, Nacra 15, ILCA6, iQFOiL and kiteboarding at the recent RYA Youth National Championships.
Former Youth Worlds participants include some of today’s best-known sailors, including the world’s most decorated Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, and Beijing 2008 gold medalist, Pippa Wilson.
Among the selected and making a first appearance at the Youth Worlds, Santiago Sesto-Cosby (Royal Lymington YC) is looking to rely on local knowledge and home similarities as the secret to success in the 29er alongside the returning crew, Leo Wilkinson of Maidenhead SC.
“Qualifying for the world junior championships is an all-time dream for me,” Sesto-Cosby said.
“Now is the time to prepare to be the best we can be to represent Great Britain.”
Jasmine Williams, at the helm of Nacra 15, will make a third appearance at the Youth Worlds, this time with crew Sam Cox, both Restronguet SC.
Charlie Dixon – Blackwater YC – takes on the boys iQFOiL fleet with Ellen Morley and Hazel McDonnell, both Hollowell SC competing against the girls 29er.
Royal Hospital School’s Thommie Grit was chosen in the boys’ ILCA6 with Honor Procter of Wales, Cardiff Bay YC, taking on the girls.
Procter said: “I’m so delighted to be selected for the World Youth Championships, it’s been a long and tough winter of training and now I can’t wait to compete against some of the best young sailors in the game. ILCA6 in the world.”
Megan Farrer of Emsworth SC and Ellie Rush of County Nottinghamshire SC were chosen in the 420 girls class with Alice Davis, Draycote Water SC and Oliver Raynor, Yorkshire Dales SC in the mixed.
Ella Geiger, who is looking to improve on her first sixth place finish last year, and Mattia Maini who occupy the last places in the BYS team are back to take on the kite fleet.
The team will be coached and supported by Olympian Kate Macgregor’s returning team, current British Sailing Team iQFOiL Women’s Coach Sam Ross and Team BYS Coach James Hadden.