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London’s Courtney Bilbrough and Max Clapp have been representing Great Britain at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Both Bilbrough, from the Isle of Dogs, and Chelsea’s Clapp topped the leader board at the 2015 RYA Youth Worlds Selection Event back in August at Hayling Island Sailing Club earning them the nod to the British team.
Open to competitors aged 19 and under, the Youth Sailing World Championships brings together the best youth sailors from across the world to compete for Youth World Champion glory. The event is a proven talent indicator, past notable British winners include Olympic champions Ben Ainslie, Sarah Ayton and Iain Percy.
Bilbrough and Clapp will be attending the Youth Sailing Worlds for the very first time. Sailing with teammate Harriet Ward in the girls’ 29er, 17-year-old Bilbrough has a firm goal: “We’re hoping to achieve a top five result overall.
“We also want to learn as much as we can from the other sailors and improve our general sailing and have fun.”
Sixteen-year-old Clapp teamed up just over a year ago with Ross Banham and the pair have dominated the 420 class ever since, winning almost every UK event including the National Championships.
This is their third appearance on an international stage and according to Clapp they have the skill they just need a good week: “I’m hoping to race the best that I can, race to my full potential and I’m sure if me and Ross do that we will put in a good result.”
Oli Woodcock, the British Team Leader feels the team is prepared to bring back the silverware: “We have a full team going to Malaysia all ready and raring to go, had a really good training camp in Weymouth, we did do some excellent training in the gym making sure we were ready for the conditions and we’ve probably got the fittest team that has gone out to the Youth Worlds and I think we should bring back a couple of medals.”
Fourteen aspiring Youth World Champions will represent Great Britain at the prestigious Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The Westminster News Ltd