“Georgia and I arrived to China for the 2017 Youth Worlds with a few days to acclimatize and set up the boat, and only one half day to train on the water before the race. This intimidated us a bit because unlike our preparation for the 2016 Youth Worlds, we had been apart all fall of 2017 due to Georgia attending University in Kingston. However, this just made us more eager to hit the water in China.
We were very confident that we were able to pull out some good results because we had been training for this event ever since the 2016 Youth Worlds ended. Georgia and I went into this regatta with a goal of a top 10 finish overall which would be two places better than our 12th place finish the year prior at the 2016 Youth Worlds.
We pulled off consistently good results improving each day. My highlight of the entire trip has to be race three when we managed to lead the entire race and then crossed the finish line in first place. We were both ecstatic after that race but we still had six races left in the regatta. Neither Georgia or I had ever had a first place finish at an international regatta, so this was very special.
We came out of this regatta 6th place overall which was the best Canada has ever placed in the i420 class at the Youth Worlds. The fleet was extremely fast and the sailing conditions were some of the trickiest conditions we have ever sailed in but we truly left everything on the race course. We were both proud to represent Canada at this event and felt that our results were a true representation of our ability as sailors. We hope to inspire other female sailors back home and build the i420 class in Canada.”
– Madeline Gillis
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