Saskia Sills - Young Sailor Of The Year
YSOTY: Saskia Sills, 16, from Launceston was presented with the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award for 2012 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday 12th January 2013.
Ms Sills has made a huge impact in her first season in the Youth RS:X class. After winning the 2012 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships in April, she finished third overall in the RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, winning the Under 17 category.
She quickly followed that up with victory at her first ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland and another gold at the EUROSAF Youth Europeans. She also claimed the under 17 world title in addition to overall silver at the at the RS:X Youth Worlds in October.
Ms Sills was recently nominated for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards alongside Olympic and Paralympic medallists.
The award was presented by Bob Fisher, chairman of the YJA.
The other finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year were Lottie Harland, 16, from Reading and Ben Jelf, 12, from Maidstone.
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