YSOTY 2014 Winner


Windsurfer Emma Wilson from Christchurch in Dorset, the current Youth World champion, was named the  boats.com YJA Young Sailor of the Year at the same awards ceremony. She topped a strong shortlist that included under-16 Topper Sailing World Champion Calum Rosie from Helensburgh, Scotland and national Honda RYA Youth RIB Champion Kamila Czartolomna from Wolverhampton.

Emma’s string of World and European windsurfing title wins last year convinced YJA members that she was a worthy winner. Still only 15, she won both the under-17 and under-19 world championship titles in Clearwater, USA, in October, to add to her European under-17 win earlier in the year.
 Emma commented: “It feels amazing to have won. I’d like to thank my coaches and everyone who voted for me, as well as my family for all their support. I didn’t think I was going to win the Youth World Windsurfing Championship but everything seemed to come together for me in October last year. It’s really nice to be following in the footsteps of the previous winners and who knows hopefully I’ll get to go to the Olympics in 2020.”