Skegness windsurfer gains title hat-trick

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A DEDICATED sportsman from Skegness has just competed in a national windsurfing competition at a 2012 Olympic venue.

Robert York, 15, took part in the RYA Youth and Masters National Windsurfing Championships which took place at the Olympic venue in Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on October 1 and 2.

The talented youngster competed in the under 17 age group for the first time having won the Under 15 category for the last two years.

During the competition, light winds were forecast and so, with the prospect of a reduced competition, every race counted for Robert.

Dan Willson from Christchurch took the first race with Robert coming a very close second.

Lewis May from North Lincolnshire took the second race again and Robert came a close second.

Robert who isn’t a stranger to top competitions, gave over 20kg weight advantages to the smaller athletes but still led the competition.

Race three was the final race and Robert drew on his superior fitness and determination to pump his way round moving from 10th at the first mark to win by 200 metres and take the title.

Robert said: “I had to draw on all my reserves to beat the lighter athletes in these conditions.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to win for the third consecutive year.

“I’m relieved so can now look forward to the European Championships in Sardinia at the end of the month.”

Earlier this year, Robert challenged other young competitors from around the world at an international event in San Francisco.

He represented Great Britain in the Techno World Championships which started in July where he finished 23rd overall.

The championship saw 180 young sailors take part in four categories where

Robert competed in the under 17 boys event which included 85 competitors from 20 countries.