Pleasing year for Skegness athlete

Robert York
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A young athlete is pleased with the latter part of his sporting season following a summer of training with the Olympic team.

Robert York came a pleasing seventh placing in the Eurosaf championship in Travira, Portugal.

Robert said: “I had a great time training in the summer with the Olympic Team. Long hard days both in the gym and out on the water. My main aim was the Under 19 world championships in Civitavecchia, Italy at the end of October.

“Two weeks prior in the national championships at Weymouth, I experienced my first defeat by a GB sailor this year, finishing second to Dan Wilson in light winds.

“Fortunately this second added to my previous four wins, still giving me the overall national Youth RSX Championship.

“My confidence was high and I hoped that my experience of sailing off the harsh east coast would hold me in good stead for the tricky conditions expected at Civitavecchia.

“The five day competition turned out to be only four with winds too light for the competition during the middle of the week. Day one brought a steady start - three races and a satisfying 18th overall in the qualifying round.”

Unfortunately Robert felt day two did not go so well, with three more races and a disappointing 18th and 26th place, which saw him slip back to 26th overall.

“Although easily qualifying me for the gold fleet it was behind my top 20 goal and frustratingly made me second GB sailor to Matt Barton,” he added.

“After a two-day break with no wind, the gold fleet got under way. Three top 15 results moved me back to the top 20 and first Brit by a long way. There was only one race on the final day, which consolidated my top 20 placing with 19th overall,” he said.

Robert is back into his winter training now and looking forward to his final youth year.

“My training [now] is a combination of Youth and Olympic Squad sailing,” Robert said.

“Skegness Academy has developed the perfect combination to allow me to fit in my training and racing schedule with my studies,” he added.

The photo features Robert during his first podium potential event last weekend in training and racing with current Olympians.