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London and South East youngsters scoop 4 of 10 RYA Mustow Youth Awards

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Published 00:00 on 23 Mar 2022

A new generation of inspirational young sailors were celebrated in the RYA Musto Youth Awards presented recently at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show

The awards celebrate the achievements of young people in the sport whether on the racecourse, volunteering, instructing, coaching or overcoming adversity. They were presented by Olympic gold medallist Dylan Fletcher and RYA Director of Racing, Ian Walker.

London and South East youngsters scooped four of the ten awards. They are:

Ben Clark (16) from Buzz Active

Mia Gray (14) from Felpham Sailing Club

Jacob Websdale (13) from Margate Yacht Club

Leo Wilkinson (15) from Maidenhead Sailing Club/Hayling Island Sailing Club

Margate Yacht Club were impressed with Jacob Websdale, writing: "Jacob has made a huge difference to the growth of youth sailing at Margate and a consistently positive contribution to the wider running of the club greater than we would expect from any youth sailor. He has sought out opportunities to further his sailing and racing with Kent Schools Sailing Association, National Schools Sailing Association (NSSA), RYA London and South East and his class association. This extends to trying as many different aspects of sailing as possible such as crewing for club members in Ramsgate week, learning buoyage and navigation and crewing under the tutorage of more experienced club members during our racing activities.

"Jacob stepped forward to train as an RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor which he passed and has volunteered every Wednesday evening to support the new junior members through their RYA Stage 1 & 2 qualifications. In addition to this, Jacob would then stay on the water to race in the adult series straight afterwards most weeks. He is always quick to volunteer when the club ask for help, from boat park maintenance to painting and decorating, always showing pride in his work and in his club. He attends committee meetings as the 'cadet rep' and shares part of the decision making for their activities."

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Last updated 19:57 on 7 February 2023

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