Old Wac Wins Youth title at the Slalom Windsurf World Championships!

After a hard fought week at the World Slalom Championships in Denmark, Old Waconian windsurfer Sarah Jackson (Class of 2016) came out on top to take home the title of Youth Slalom World Champion 2018. The competition took place last week in the cold waters of Hvide Sande, Denmark. With a strong fleet in both the youth and senior division, Sarah knew it was going to be hard work going into the week after starting the season on crutches with an ankle injury, which left her lacking in competition preparation this year. Despite the cold, Denmark is renowned for being windy and it didn’t disappoint. After five solid days of racing with 12 rounds and 24 races completed in all wind conditions the British sailor cemented her first place position in the youth fleet and gained 6th place in the Senior fleet at only her first Senior World Championships beating the top sailors from 10 other nations.

Sarah has been windsurfing since she was 8 years old, starting out at Astbury Mere near Congleton. She quickly progressed through the British Sailing Team regional and national squads, before leaving the Junior Olympic programme at 14 to focus on different disciplines of windsurfing. She started competing on the senior professional World Tour last year and have gone from strength to strength since. 

Sarah says “It was one of the hardest weeks of competition I’ve done. We raced everyday with most days being on the water for 4 or 5 hours so it was incredibly physically demanding, which wasn’t helped by the cold. There was a really strong fleet this week and I was really happy to come out on top in the Youths and beat the Youth European Champion. I also had my best result in the seniors and only slipped out of 4th place on the last day with some very close racing against ladies much older and experienced than myself. It’s always been a goal of mine to win a world title so hopefully this is the first of many.”

With the international season finished, Sarah’s focus now goes to the British tour where she will compete around the British Isles in wave, freestyle and slalom competitions for the next two months, whilst also studying at the University of Bath.