Windsurfing prodigy finishes with flourish

Skegness windsurfer Robert York finished his season on a high with success at the European Championship in Spain.

Skegness windsurfer Robert York finished his season on a high with success at the European Championship in Spain.

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A talented young windsurfer from Skegness has recovered from a disappointing World Championship defeat to finish his season with a flourish and rise through the European rankings.

Robert York, 16, ended 2012 with success competing for Great Britain in the European Championships at Los Alcazaras, Spain, where he finished fifth in his age group.

Proud father Simon York said his son was now excellently poised to resume competition in the tougher under 19s age category next season.

He said: “He was very disappointed with the World Championship results in August but now he come back with success in a competition that is almost equally prestigious to finish the season on a high.

“Robert now moves into the under 19 age group and onto the Olympic board as one of Team GB’s brightest hopes for the future.”

The European Championships featured 250 windsurfers from 33 countries compete in four age categories from October 21 to 27.

Robert started with mixed results during the first three days as he battled with unfavourable light winds but the stronger gusts of day four brought him a flurry of high ranking results, which earned him fifth place overall.

The Skegness Grammar School student was also unbeaten by any UK competitor this year, winning every national and Northern European competition he entered.

His high ranking finish topped off yet more accolades in early October when he was presented with the prestigious Robert Cartwright trophy in recognition of his devotion to the sport and helping his younger competitors.

The Royal Yachting Association’s Mike Dempsey said: “This young man is always on hand to help and advise the younger sailers and a credit to the sport.”