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14 January 2009, 02:13 pm
British Olympic Gold Medallists Win YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award
Brother and sister James and Frances PETERS and Olympic gold medallist Andrew SIMPSON pose with their trophies
Brother and sister James and Frances PETERS and Olympic gold medallist Andrew SIMPSON pose with their trophies

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Great Britain's 2008 Olympic sailing gold medallists have been collectively named joint winners of the British Raymarine / YJA Yachtsman of the Year award, whilst Youth Worlds gold medallists James and Frances PETERS picked up the Young Sailor of the Year title.
The British Olympic gold medallists, Finn sailor Ben AINSLIE, Star team Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON, Yngling trio Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON and Laser champion Paul GOODISON notched up another success by becoming joint winners of the Raymarine / YJA Yachtsman of the Year title, open to any British resident or passport holder who has made an outstanding achievement under sail or power during 2008.

Between them, they won four gold medals in Beijing, dominating their opponents and helping the British team equal their best ever medal haul in Olympic sailing history. Their Raymarine YJA Yachtsman of the Year title recognises their sporting excellence and tremendous achievements. They now join many of the greatest achievers in British yachting circles who have won the award over the past five decades.

SIMPSON collected the impressive trophy from Lady Pippa BLAKE during a gala luncheon in the historic Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Young Sailors Of The Year

Brother and sister James PETERS and Frances PETERS, from Hayling Island scooped the Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year award. The PETERS siblings will hope to follow in the footsteps of previous Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year winners, which include Olympic gold medallist AINSLIE and transatlantic solo yachtswoman Dame Ellen MACARTHUR.

The winners were announced at the London Boat Show, and presented by Alex THOMSON, the round the world racing yachtsman and Hugo Boss skipper.

Winning the Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year title is recognition of James and Frances PETERS' fantastic 2008 season. They were crowned joint RYA regional winners for the South; and both achieved gold medals at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Denmark, sailing separate 29ers in the boys and girls events with their crews Ed FITZGERALD and Claire LASKO. They were instrumental in helping Britain win the Volvo Trophy for best nation with a medal haul of two gold medals and one bronze at the event. James and his crew also won the European Championship.

The public put forward the nominations for the Raymarine / YJA Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year Awards, and the vote for the overall winner was made by members of the Yachting Journalists' Association (YJA).
James Tuck
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