James Kelly has won the World Championship!

After a ten race series James Kelly has convincingly won the RS Tera Pro World Championship. This is the first time the Isle of Man has had a World Champion in sailing since Graham Scott back in the 1980s!

James has sailed a consistent series with four wins, two seconds a third and a fourth to count, discarding two 6ths.

It sounds like it has been a windy week for the competition, with a steady sea-breeze of 16 – 25 knots developing each day.

The whole performance of the Manx Youth Sailing Squad has been outstanding. Hannah Howitt is first girl, finishing in 5th place overall. Izzy Sharpe is second girl and finished 7th overall and Amie Shute who has recently moved into the Pro rig finished 17th.

The competition in the Sport fleet was tough, with thirty boats on the start line. Greg Kelly has a dissappointing start to the week, but after the first day his results improved significantly later in the week with a fourth, two fifths and a sixth. Overall he finished in 7th place. Ffinlo Wright sailed a consistent series just outside of the top ten and finished 16th overall.

A superb result for the Isle of Man and the Manx Youth Sailing Squad, who in three years have gone from competent local dinghy sailors to World class racers.

Coaches Phil Hardisty, Don Edwards, Rob Cowell, Jenni Quillin and everyone involved with the Manx Youth Sailing Squad, Isle of Man Yacht Club and 7th Wave are absolutely delighted.

From MYSS Feb 2010

James Kelly age 13

From MYSS Feb 2010

Hannah Howitt age 14