ANNABEL VOSE AND MEGAN BRICKWOOD
the YJA Pantaenius
Young Sailor of the Year award
HAMPSHIRE female sailing duo, Annabel Vose, 17, and Megan Brickwood,16, were today named Britain’s top youth sailors.
Together, they were presented with the prestigious YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award for 2011 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show. The award was presented by Iain Percy, OBE.
Annabel, from Curdridge, and Megan, from Hamble, kickstarted 2011 by winning the Ladies World title in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the 420 World Championships at just 16 years of age and despite having suffered a broken mast in one race. They then went on to win Silver and were first female crew at the Flanders Youth Regatta and won the Bronze medal at the 2011 Open 420 Junior European Championships.
Annabel and Megan, who are members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, also won the southern regional RYA young sailor award.
“We are so excited about being recognised in this way,” said Annabel.
“2011 was a fantastic year and we are really looking forward to our busy sailing programme in 2012.
Along with 13 other regional RYA winners, they enjoy a VIP day out at the Show.
But it will also mark the end of a very successful partnership for the two girls, who pursue new goals in 2012.
RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder says: “Winning an RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted to recognise the talent of these people and the dedication they show for our sport.
“Awards such as this highlight the fact that so many young sailors are out there on the water enjoying themselves and achieving brilliant things”
The other finalists for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year were Elliot Hanson. Elliot produced outstanding performances last summer. The 17-yearold sailor from Macclesfield sealed the U21 World Laser Radial Bronze medal and U21 European Laser Radial title at the 2011 World and European Laser Radial Mens and Standard Junior Championships. Two weeks later he went on to secure a World and European silver medal at the 2011 World and European Laser Radial Youth Championships. Ben Jelf. At the age of just 11, Ben not only retained his two British titles from 2010 but has also received international recognition of the highest level by claiming both a UIM World and European Powerboat Championship title in just his third year of racing. At Coniston Powerboats Records Week, Ben also became Britain’s youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder. At the same time he managed to raise over £2,000 for Everyman Cancer.
Annabel and Megan were amongst the 13 RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners who are voted for by the RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from Gold medal achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs. Ben had been nominated direct to the YJA for his achievements.
Iain Percy also presented awards to the RYA Regional Winners:
East Midlands: Emily Hall
Northern Ireland: Laura Gilmore
North East: Helen Armstrong
Scotland: Jamie Calder
Southern: Annabel Vose and Megan Brickwood
South East: Luke Hagon
South West: Emma Phillips
Thames Valley: Isobel Mitchell
Wales: Matthew Whitfield
West Midlands: Matt Venables
Yorkshire and Humberside: Matthew & Ben Lulham-Robinson
North West: Elliot Hanson
Eastern: Georgina Povall
The YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year award was first presented in 1993. Early winners include Dame Ellen MacArthur and Ben Ainslie CBE, who both went on to win the Yachtsman of the Year title.
In addition to nominations from members of the public for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year, over 1,700 RYA affiliated clubs have the opportunity to nominate. Plus, the RYA puts forward winners from each of its 13 regions as nominations for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year.
The nominees for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year receive a trophy and goodies provided by Yacht Parts Plymouth, Slam UK and a VIP day at the show for them and their families.