Lymington sailors Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle are 420 World Champions
Congratulations to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club duo who have won GOLD in Portugal.
Fabulous news this week in Lymington and the New Forest as two 18 year old sailors from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club won GOLD at the 2019 420 World Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle, who last year won silver in the 420 Youth World Championships, have now won gold in the 420 Women's World Championships.
“It is the weirdest feeling ever,” said a clearly ecstatic Heathcote on their World Champion win. “I can’t believe it has happened, I actually can’t."
The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as a World Sailing Class and Learn-to-Sail recognized boat.
456 sailors from 24 nations have been competitng in Vilamoura since Wedneday 3 July, with with 89 boats in the Open fleet, 73 in the Women and 67 in the U17.
Racing concluded yesterday, Thursday 11 July - with a nailbiting final day and a scoreboard differential reduced to just 4 points. In race 11 things it all became very dramatic - the Italians were ahead, with the British chasing hard to hold onto gold. The dropping wind gave the Race Committee no choice but to abandon racing, sealing the gold for Milly and Vita.
“And then it was abandoned,” exclaimed Boyle in reference to the drama of race 11. “The Italian girls did so well, congratulations to them. They deserved everything that they got. We got a bit lucky at the end but you know it is fine."
“After 5 years of 420s we finally did it and it is such a good feeling,” added Heathcote.
“Tick that box off, World Champions, thank you very much,” concluded a grinning Boyle.
Congratulations Milly and Vita!