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Sisters sailing to national success
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
A TAVISTOCK College student has been crowned the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Volvo Youth National Champion 2012.
Saskia Sills, 15, won the title after four days of racing in Cardigan Bay, North Wales. Her sister Imogen won the bronze medal.
Saskia has also been selected to be part of the Great Britain team competing in Ireland at the Youth Sailing World Championships in July.
She said: ‘It feels great to have won the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and become part of the RYA Volvo team GBR.
‘I’m really looking forward to going to Ireland in July with the team. It will be a great learning experience as I haven’t been to anything like it before.’
Saskia will be the youngest member of the RYA Volvo Team GBR. Both girls are following in the footsteps of brother Sam, a two times national champion and development squad sailor for Team GBR.
The competition in July is widely regarded as the ‘Youth Olympics’ of sailing and which have launched the careers of the likes of Ben Ainslie.
Principal of Tavistock College Helen Salmon said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that Saskia has won gold in this prestigious national competition and it is excellent that she has been selected to compete for Great Britain in Ireland in the Youth Sailing World Championships in July.
‘Congratulations also to Imogen who was awarded the bronze.’
l Saskia (left) and Imogen Sills are pictured above.
Picture by James Bird
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