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Saskia Sills (GBR)

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Name Saskia Sills
Nation Great Britain
Date of Birth 24 July 1996
Place of Birth Plymouth, England
Class sailed RS:X
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Inspired to take up sailing by her older brother, Saskia Sills took to windsurfing like a duck to water and has impressed on the international scene.

At her first international regatta in 2009 Sills took her inaugural world crown, the Techno 293 Under-15 World Championship at just 13-years-old. Two years later the rising starlet of windsurfing added the Under-17 title to her list of achievements.

In 2012 Sills moved up into the RS:X where unprecedented success has continued to follow her every step of the way. At only her second international RS:X regatta Sills won Under-17 gold at the RS:X European Championship and bronze overall, aged just 15.

Less than two weeks later the Brit took to Dublin Bay, Ireland for the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. As the second youngest sailor in the fleet and in amongst the defending champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medallist the Brit could not be touched. She came out of the blocks flying and double bullets on the opening day sent out a message to the 23-boat fleet. As the week progressed her rivals were left in her wake as she sealed a comprehensive victory.

Acheivements between 31 September 20101 and 31 August 2012

Gold medal - ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, Dun Laoghaire, IRL - July 2012

1 - EUROSAF Youth Sailing European Championship, August 2012
3 - RS:X Youth European Championship - girl's overall - July 2012
1 U17 - RS:X Youth European Championship - July 2012
32 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - June 2012
1 girl (4th overall) - RYA Youth Nationals, Pwllheli, GBR - April 2012

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

My brother.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

HI-FLY board with lody 3.5 sail when I was aged 8.

Name your first sailing club

Roadford Lake, UK

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

South West Regional Event, Axebridge Reservoir in 2005

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

2009 Under 15 World Champion - Bic Techno 6.8
2009 UK Windsurder of the Year
2012 2nd European Championship - Bic Techno 6.8
2011 Under 17 World Champion - Bic Techno 7.8
2012 ISAF Youth World Champion - RS:X
2012 3rd RS:X Youth European Championships
2012 1st under 17 RS:X Youth European Championships, 1st EUROSAF Youth Sailing Games.

What are your future sailing goals?

To get to the Olympics and win a medal.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My family, I wouldn't be able to do it without their support. Especially my twin sister Imogen who also windsurfs and trains with me throughout the year.

Who is your sailing hero?

Ben Ainslie or Sarah Ayton.

What other sports do you enjoy?

Netball, swimming and sailing

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

To be nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is a huge surprise and honour for me. I am so young and to have been nominated feels amazing. Being nominated amongst the worlds greatest sailors is also a huge honour.
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