YOUNG EMSWORTH duo Jess Lavery and Georgie Mothersele will set sail for the ISAF Youth World Championships in Croatia in July.
The talented teenagers have been named in the 12-strong Great Britain team for the prestigious event after being crowned RYA ladies youth champions.
Both 16 years of age, the girls excelled under extreme pressure to lift the coveted crown, which incorporated more than five days of fierce competition at Hayling Island.
The Emsworth Sailing Club starlets led the way for the female 420 crews during the local regatta before finishing third – a result which saw them named top youths.
Now the duo can look forward to an event which is considered the pinnacle of youth sailing.
Great Britain Olympic gold medallists Ben Ainslie and Sarah Ayton have competed in the finals in the past, leaving Lavery and Mothersele excited at the prospect.
‘We are delighted to have been selected for Team GBR,’ said Portsmouth Grammar School pupil Lavery.
‘I don’t think it has really sunk in yet but we are really looking forward to competing in our first Youth World Championships.
‘Competing at Hayling was hard work and has been quite tiring at times.
‘But we are over the moon to have finished third overall and we have really enjoyed it.’
Equally proud, Mothersele believed their success will serve the pair well ahead of the big event later this summer.
‘We both gained a lot in terms of experience at the Hayling regatta and have learned to start our day off with a specific routine and focus on priorities when racing’ said the Bishop Luffa School, Chichester, pupil.
‘The Youth Worlds is going to be a great learning curve and will prepare us for future international events, which we’ll race in.’
The duo have made huge improvements since last year’s Hayling championships – in which they finished 17th. And RYA youth racing manager Duncan Truswell is excited at the young talent coming through the ranks.
‘This year the level of sailing has been excellent’ said Truswell.
‘In most of the classes the racing has been extremely close and I believe we have a good all-round solid team.
‘We have got a real mix between experience and youth as we have got a number of sailors who went last year and a number of new faces who have been very quick in similar conditions to those expected in Croatia.’
The girls will now start preparing for the event, which takes place at Uskok Sailing Club, Zadar, between July 7-16.