“In winning the 2014 Young Sailor of the Year Award Emma is following in the footsteps of sailing legends Sir Ben Ainslie and Dame Ellen MacArthur.”

Emma has made winning a habit ever since she took the World and European U15 titles in San Francisco and Cagliari in 2011 at the age of 12. Since then she has medalled in a further seven World and European Championships – often racing in age categories three to four years above her actual age. 

In 2014, aged just 15, she dramatically won both the U17 and U19 World Championship titles amongst star-studded fields to become the first British – and the youngest ever – Youth (U19) World Champion.

The same year Emma also won the U19 Eurosaf European and the U17 RS:X European titles and made her senior GBR team debut at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander.

In recognition of these outstanding achievements she was voted the UK’s 2014 Young Sailor of the Year by the Yachting Journalists’ Association, following in the footsteps of previous sailing legends Sir Ben Ainslie and Dame Ellen MacArthur.

In September 2015 Emma was selected for the British Sailing Team ‘Podium Potential’ squad. She is now training full time from Weymouth as she prepares for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Malaysia at Christmas, the 2016 ISAF World Cup and the RSX World Championships in Eilat in February. All of which are important steps along the way to qualifying as the Great Britain representative at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Name: Emma Wilson
Born: Nottingham, UK
Lives: Christchurch, UK
Windsurfing since: 4 years old
Favourite spot: Lac Bay, Bonaire
Best piece of advice: Be yourself and have fun
Other passions: Hockey