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Sailing Champion – The Optimist Dinghy GBR Selection Trials

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Pupil Milo Gill-Taylor has won the Optimist GBR Selection Trails for the 2nd year in a row.

He has qualified for the team to represent GBR at the Optimist World Championships for the 3rd year, qualifying at the age of 11 for the Worlds in New Zealand, at 12 the Dominican Republic and this year at the age of 13 for the Optimist Worlds in Lake Garda, Italy in the summer.

As winner of the Selection Trials he will also be invited again to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for a special invitational event held in the autumn for the top Optimist sailor from each country, which runs alongside an adult Match Racing event.

Milo learnt to sail at Spinnaker Sailing Club in Ringwood at the age of 7 in an Optimist Dinghy, which can be sailed up to the age of 15. He won the Nationals Regatta fleet at the age of 8.  At 11 he was Junior National Champion.  Most of the current Olympic sailors started their sailing careers in the Optimist, and Milo has high hopes of following in their bow waves!

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