World, Pre-Olympic and European Champions

Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson look set to take a medal at the Olympics this summer
Since forming back in October 2006 one Yngling team has been on the podium at every ISAF Grade 1 event they have attended bar one. They are reigning World Champions – having won back to back victories in 2007 and earlier this year – European Champions and Olympic Test Event Champions. We are, of course, talking about Britain’s Olympic Yngling representatives, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson. Despite the above record and their victory at both the World and Pre-Olympic Championships last year, 2008 has seen the trio arguably look even more dominant, winning the World Championships with one day to spare. However, the Yngling fleet is also clearly getting stronger with ‘Team Mirabaud’ scoring their worst ever result at the Miami OCR (5th place) and with six different teams in contention to win the European Championships going into the Medal Race. Freshly returned from Spain and the European Championships last week, Sarah Ayton says she, Webb and Wilson are happy with their victories so far this season, but have their sights firmly set on a bigger prize. “It is all good and we are on track, but we still have a lot of work to do to make sure that we are where we want to be in China,” she explains to TheDailySail, sounding relaxed and happy. “The goal is China. That is all that matters and that is all that has ever mattered, winning there. So we need to make sure that we keep working hard and doing the things we are doing that get us those podium positions.” The level of Ayton, Webb and Wilson’s dominance is phenomenally impressive and Ayton puts their success down to two key areas. “The biggest thing is we are fast throughout the range of conditions, which no-one else in the fleet is.