My name is Izzy Hamilton, I moved to Whitstone in 2000 from Kent and live in Bennett's Court. I am doing my A Levels at Budehaven. I started windsurfing when I moved to Cornwall at the Saturday Club at Tamar Lakes. I really enjoyed meeting up with friends and it got me out from under my parents feet when they were doing change over. Gradually I was encouraged to go to Regional Training Meetings around the South West and qualified for zone and then National Squads. My first year of National Squad I competed in the 2006 world championships in Sicily and finished 2nd girl on the Junior Raceboard the Bic Techno 293.
In 2007 I moved up an age category and a sail size, I finished 8th at the Worlds. 2008 was a better year. I competed in the Youth Trials in Pwhelli, on the Youth Under 19 Equipment, the RSX which was the new Olympic Class equipment, a hybrid board and a 8.5m rig. I finished 1st Girl in this event which qualified me to go to the prestigious ISAF Youth Worlds where each country sends one competitor to compete in each class. I finished 6th in this event in Denmark. It was fantastic racing in the Youth Fleets. I then flew straight to Poland to compete in the Junior Worlds, it was windy and wavy, my favourite conditions and I finished 2nd Female in the Under 17 Class on the Bic Techno. I finished off the year having a go at sailing in the Olympic Senior women's Class on my RSX. I raced in a British Event called Sail for Gold where I finished 12th Female overall. This was my first experience of a World Tour type event and I really enjoyed it. It was so different from racing the Junior and Youth Fleets and an amazing experience.
Last year was a good year, I combined competing in Youth and Senior Events on the RSX. Initially I raced in the Mediterranean Cup finishing 1st Youth Female. I flew to Palma, Spain and did several days of a World Tour Event there before flying home to the Youth Trials in Largs, I finished 1st Girl which qualified me again to go to the ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil. Determined to do better than last year I finished second female in this event which I was shocked but ecstatic about. I came home and flew to Turkey for the Youth Class Worlds, which I won! It was a fantastic feeling, after three times coming second in World Championships to finally finish first! The events kept on coming. I went home and spend a month and a half in Weymouth training and then competing in the Raceboard Worlds where I finished 1st Youth Raceboard Female and then the Senior women's worlds, the Olympic Classes penultimate event of the year. I qualified after the first three days for Gold Fleet, one of only two British Females to do so. I finished 21st Overall, second British Woman to Olympic Bronze Medallist Bryony Shaw, a good step onto the Senior Scene!
For 2010, I am going to continue studying for my A Levels at Budehaven. The Pre Pre Olympic Trials start in April so I will be training hard over the winter at Roadford Lake and Weymouth for them! Also I am competing in the Youth Trials hoping to go to the ISAF Youth Worlds and the Class Youth Worlds again. I also hope to do the Senior Europeans and Worlds!
Thanks to Bott and the Lord Lieutenants Fund for Youth who have been crucial to this year’s success.
Team GBR September 2010
I have had a very busy summer! I have just got back from the Senior Worlds in Denmark, which was a very exhausting experience!
The main competition season for windsurfing is the summer months. The day after I finished my A Level Exams I jetted off to sunny Sopot, Poland for the Youth Europeans. It was a week long regatta, we had light wind for the entire week, going into the last day I was in first position but I managed to loose the lead in the last race. The points where close, I finished 2nd behind a girl from Israel.
I spent a couple of days at home (just long enough for Mum to do the washing) before I travelled to the ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul, Turkey. This is an annual event with many similarities to the Olympics, each country sends one sailor in each class, I qualified for this place by winning the Youth Trials earlier in the year. It happened to be the first time it had rained in July in Istanbul in the last 8 years while we raced! It was another light wind event, I finished 2nd Girl which I was really happy with!
I had another day at home before I travelled to Weymouth, Dorset for Olympic Development Squad Training for two weeks before the UK World Tour Event, Sail For Gold. I then competed in Sail For Gold Regatta, I had been invited to be a part of the Olympic Performance Team for this event. This meant I was living along some sailing super stars such as Sarah Ayton and Ben Ainslie, who hold multiple Olympic Gold Medals. It was really inspiring. I finished 10th in this regatta which is my best result of the season so far as it was a senior regatta.
I then came home for almost a week where I picked up my A Level results and found out I have got a place at Exeter Uni to study Geography! Which I am hoping to do next year alongside windsurfing.
Last week I went to the Senior World Championships in Kertiminde, Denmark. It was a fun event with some very challenging wind conditions which made interesting racing! It was another good learning experience. I finished 2nd British Female and 3rd Under 21 Female.
I have now got a couple of weeks rest. I will compete in some National Competitions, start Uni, then at the end of October I will go to the Youth Worlds in Cyprus and race to maintain my Youth World Champion title!
RS:X World Youth Champion
Izzy has won the RS:X World Youth Championships for a second consecutive year. She won an impressive six of the 12 races at the 2010 event in Limassol, Cyprus.
Great Britain's next highest finisher was Sophie Bailey, who came home in ninth place.
Young Sailor of the Year Award January 2011
Izzy was presented with the prestigious YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award 2010 at the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday 8th January 2011. The award was presented by Match Racing winner Lucy MacGregor.
Izzy picked up her third Youth National title in April 2010. Izzy won a Silver medal at the European Youth Championships in Sopot, Poland and another at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Izzy has just successfully defended her class Youth World title in Cyprus becoming Britain’s first ever double windsurfing Youth World Champion.
Izzy was amongst the nominations for this year’s Award, 12 of which were for RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners who are voted for by RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.
YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year award was first presented in 1993. Early winners include Dame Ellen MacArthur and Ben Ainslie CBE, who both went on to win the Yachtsman of the Year title.
From Yachting Journalist Association