Great Scott! Sailor Evan Goes For Glory
A TEENAGE sailor from Tilbrook is following in his brother s footsteps as he looks to claim glory at the National Youth Championships. Evan Scott, 18, has established himself as one to watch in the world of yachting, emulating his already-established brot
A TEENAGE sailor from Tilbrook is following in his brother's footsteps as he looks to claim glory at the National Youth Championships.
Evan Scott, 18, has established himself as one to watch in the world of yachting, emulating his already-established brother Giles.
The younger Scott sibling heads to North Wales on Saturday to compete in the Royal Yachting Association National Youth Championships.
Held at the Pwllheli Sailing Club, the event also encompasses trials for Great Britain and is the most prestigious youth sailing event in the country.
RYA youth racing manager Simon Wergan, said competition would be tough for Scott: "It really is very, very difficult to pick out winners or even favourites this year because there are several sailors in each class who have got a very good chance of winning.
"Those who win medals really are going to be the ones who have put the best series together over the week."
- 1 Small community café in St Neots "just hanging on"
- 2 Police dog helped find drugs and knife in Ramsey
- 3 New Toolstation branch to open in Huntingdon
- 4 Find out what's happening in Huntingdonshire for the Queen's Jubilee?
- 5 Great honour for two men awarded the freedom of Huntingdon
- 6 Come and see Huntingdon's Beacon lighting ceremony for the Jubilee
- 7 St Neots Street Food Fest promises to be "bigger and better"
- 8 Large Hotel of the Year winner is proud of its history
- 9 Three dogs including pregnant Jack Russell stolen from Wimpole kennels
- 10 New organic coffee shop opens in St Neots
The Championships will form part of the official National Youth Squad review process and act as an indicator for sailor support for the relevant class World and European championship events this summer.
Having qualified for the 2008 Senior Laser World Championships in Australia by means of a standout third at the Laser Standard Europa Cup last summer, Scott nailed his colours to the mast last month.
By finishing as Britain's top ranked youth at the Worlds, with Beijing-bound Paul Goodison and Skandia Team GBR Performance Squad's Nick Thompson the only Brits ahead of him in Gold Fleet, Scott has further enhanced his reputation.
In 2007 the Huntingdonshire youngster was named as one of just eight up-and-coming sporting stars handpicked by Dame Kelly Holmes to attend a celebration lunch marking the first allocation of funding from her 'Believe to Achieve' scholarship programme, backed by the Youth Sport Trust.
Since winning the Laser titles at both the RYA Youth Nationals and ISAF Youth Worlds in 2005, Giles Scott, 20, has rapidly emerged as the man most likely to succeed double Olympic gold medallist and five-time World Finn champion Ben Ainslie and was recently crowned Under-21 Finn World champion in Australia.
But Evan will be keen to make sure he pushes his brother all the way for trophies on the family mantelpiece, starting with another Scott RYA Youth Nationals Laser gold.