After a week of "will they, wont they", Victoria and Emma Rawlinson, reigning Youth World Champions, proved they still have the edge when it counts.
The sisters have booked their place in Team GBR to defend their Gold Medals at the 2001 Volvo Youth World Championships in France this July.
The Rawlinson sisters will join Laser sailor Mark Powell, who won his National title yesterday with two races to spare, Laser Radial sailor Natalie Lloyd, Hobie 16 sailors Dan Teubert and Mike Thomson and Nic Asher and Paul Davies, who complete the team selections by winning the closest contest of the week in the boys 420's division by just two points.
The Rawlinson sisters were very nearly joined by brothers Athol and Eamonn King in the boys 420 class, but the wheels fell off their campaign yesterday as their lack of experience at leading from the front proved their Achilles heel. However, judging by their performances this week, the Kings' brothers time will come. However, it will be Nic Asher and Paul Davies (WOBYC) that journey to Crozon-Morgat in Brittany and try to secure Great Britain's first medal in the boy's double-handed class since 1997. Asher confessed to a "virtually sleepless night" after he took the lead last night but expected the series to be decided by a final race this morning. Despite the rays of April sunshine, the Largs channel failed to produce a sea breeze and the final day of racing, which in most classes was only significant for confirming the selections for the Volvo RYA National Youth Squad, was abandoned at 12.30 hrs today and thus the results from yesterday (day 4) were final. The place in France belonged to Asher and Davies.
While Jamie Smith and Marcus Lynch (West Kirby SC) won a small but very competitive Hobie 16 fleet, they (and second placed Jonathan Worthington and Tom Quayle from Gorleston SC) are too old to represent Great Britain at the Volvo Youth World Championships so it was third placed Dan Teubert and Mike Thomson (NSSC) who received the selectors nod.
Perhaps spending the week in the shadow of a highly impressive tussle for overall honours in the Laser Radial class, but nonetheless collecting the final ticket for France and a shot at the Youth World title will be Natalie Lloyd (Merchant Taylors School).
As the 29er class is not a discipline at the Volvo Youth World Championships this year, John Grimson and Simon Marks (Rudyard Lake) will join Volvo RYA Laser Radial Youth National Champion Andy Brooks (Elton SC) for a days sailing with Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge America's Cup syndicate later this year.
Rya Team Gbr For The 2001 Volvo Youth World Championships, France (3-10 July 2001)
"Mark Powell (Laser class). 17 years old from Hayling Island in Hampshire.
"Natalie Lloyd (Laser Radial class) 17 years old from Liverpool.
"Victoria (17) and Emma (16) Rawlinson (420 girls class) from Farnham in Surrey.
"Nic Asher, 16 years old from Lowestoft in Suffolk and Paul Davies, 16 years old from Ipswich in Suffok (420 class boys)
"Dan Teubert, 18 years old from Seaford in East Sussex and Michael Thomson, 16 years old from Emsworth in Hampshire (Hobie 16 class).
The Mistral windsurfing boys and girls selections will be made by the RYA on a separate date.