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WINDSURFING BY CHRIS MACLEN­NAN “There was hardly any wind which didn’t suit me very well”

A young High­land sailor is set to rub shoul­ders with the best in the busi­ness as she com­petes in the Great Bri­tain team at the 2018 Youth Sail­ing World Cham­pi­onships later this month.

Is­lay Wat­son, from Aviemore, will con­test in the RS:X wind­surfer girls fleet as part of a 14-strong British Youth Sail­ing team at the pres­ti­gious event, tak­ing place in Cor­pus Christi, Texas, be­tween July 14-21.

Miss Wat­son said: “I’m pretty ex­cited. I’ve just got back from the RS:X class world cham­pi­onships in France where I fin­ished 13th. There was hardly any wind out there which didn’t suit me very well.

“I’m hop­ing there might be a lit­tle bit more out in Texas. My goal for the Youth Worlds is a top three fin­ish and if there’s a lit­tle bit of wind I think it could be do-able. I just can’t wait to get out there.”

The Youth World Cham­pi­onships is the pin­na­cle event in youth rac­ing, with many con­tes­tants who have pre­vi­ously com­peted go­ing on to rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive coun­tries at the Olympic Games.

Past con­tes­tants in­clude Sir Ben Ainslie, the world’s most dec­o­rated Olympic sailor, and 2008 Bei­jing gold medal­lists Pippa Wil­son and Sarah Ay­ton.

Is­lay, 18, was run­ner up in the na­tional girls RS:X class in May, com­ing sec­ond only to her sis­ter Erin.

Isaac Lines from Dunoon won the boys RS:X class, and will also go on to com­pete at the World Cham­pi­onships.

Isaac said: “Prepa­ra­tion has been ex­ten­sive and I’ve fo­cused on max­imis­ing every day to im­prove all ar­eas of my sail­ing in all con­di­tions.

“Hav­ing just com­pleted the class youth worlds I know where I can im­prove to put me at the top of the fleet. My goal is to pro­duce con­sis­tent re­sults.”

Is­lay Wat­son

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