A sailor from High Wycombe will represent Great Britain

An 18-year-old sailor from High Wycombe has been selected to represent Great Britain at the world championships this summer.

High Wycombe’s Leo Wilkinson was among the 16 most promising young sailors to qualify for the World Youth Sailing Championships.

The talented youngsters, all aged 18 or under, will represent the British Youth Sailing (BYS) team in eight classes at the 51st edition of the youth event in The Hague, Netherlands, from July 8-15, 2022 .

Mr Wilkinson, based at Flackwell Heat, explained how he got into sailing: “I started when I was nine at Maidenhead Sailing Club, where I just took lessons.

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“It was just a Saturday club when I started, but now I’ve traveled all over the world for it.”

Spots around the world include competitions in Omar, China, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

His favorite place to sail is Lake Garda in Italy because “they have these thermal breezes that make the conditions really good,” he said.

The team will be coached and supported by Olympian Kate Macgregor’s returning team, current iQFOiL UK Women’s Sailing Team Coach Sam Ross and BYS Team Coach James Hadden.

Mr Wilkinson explained his thoughts on the upcoming challenge: “Really excited, I went there last year but this time I’m teaming up with a new partner, it’s quite an experience and I’m going try to learn as much as possible.”

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His new crew partner Santiago Sesto-Cosby (Royal Lymington YC), while Mr Wilkinson is still training with Maidenhead Sailing Club.

Former Youth Worlds participants include some of today’s best-known sailors, including the world’s most decorated Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, and Beijing 2008 gold medalist, Pippa Wilson.