Uckfield sailor ready to represent Team GB

George Tardrew and Freddie Simes. Photo by Paul Wyeth/RYA. SUS-151221-094537001
George Tardrew and Freddie Simes. Photo by Paul Wyeth/RYA. SUS-151221-094537001

An Uckfield sailor is ready to do battle for Great Britain at the prestigious 2015 Youth Sailing World Championships.

George Tardrew is travelling to Langkawi, Malaysia at the end of this month (December 27), alongside two other Sussex sailors – Ashurstwood’s Emma Baker and Freddie Simes from St Leonards-on-Sea.

The trio all triumphed in their respective classes at the Youth Worlds Selection Event at Hayling Island in August to earn them a place in Malaysia.

The Youth Sailing World Championships are open to competitors aged 19 and under and the event brings together the best youth sailors from across the world to compete for Youth Worlds glory. The event is a proven talent indicator with past British Youth Worlds winners including multiple Olympic champions Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Sarah Ayton.

George, 17, and 15-year-old Freddie – the youngest member of the 14-strong British team – sail together in the 29er two-person high performance dinghy class, while Emma, 17, sails with Jenny Cropley from Lymington in the 420 two-person dinghy class.

Since their call up, Tardrew and Simes have been putting in the hard yards. Tardrew said: “We have been on the water for as many hours as possible to maximise training time. To get as good as we can, we have been setting targets for each session to use the time as efficiently as possible.”

Oli Woodcock, British team leader, said: “We have a full team heading to Malaysia, all ready and raring to go. We had a really good training camp in Weymouth and did some excellent training in the gym, making sure we are ready. We have probably got the fittest team that has gone out to the Youth Worlds and I think we should bring back a couple of medals.”

Racing starts on December 29 and full results will be on the website at www.isafyouthworlds.com. Follow the team on the British Youth Sailing Team Facebook and Twitter @RYAYouthRacing.

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