Earlier this year, Toby Coote (Year 10) attended the 2019 4.7 Youth World Championships in Kingston, Canada. The 4.7 is a class of sailing dingy with a sail area of 4.7 square metres.
Following 30 hours of travelling and three days of training, Toby was ready to race. Throughout the regatta the competitors were faced with very strong winds and a one sided course, making racing more difficult than usual.
‘The stronger wind made it challenging as I was fairly light and was not as fast as the heavier and taller sailors,’ Toby explained.
Despite this, Toby made the gold fleet (the top half of the 117-boat fleet) with a 2nd place as his top race.
‘Overall I was happy with my regatta, ending up 50th out of 117 and 21st in the world for the under 16 division for this class of boat,’ he said.
In the future, Toby plans to move to the radial rig, which has a larger sail area, and has aims to place higher at the next World Championships. Congratulations to Toby for a fantastic achievement! We look forward to seeing how his sailing career progresses into the future.