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Young Jersey sailors narrowly miss podium at Hobie World Championships

This year's Hobie World Championships were held in Captiva Island in Florida. Credit: Hobie Worlds

Jersey's Elsa Swetenham and Owen Harper finished fourth in their category at the Hobie World Championships in Florida.

It might have been better for the pair - who are the first youth crew from the island to compete in the event - after they came second in the opening race of the three-day competition.

But light winds curtailed the final two races and denied them the chance to push for a top-three finish in their Hobie 16 catamaran.

Just two points separated them from British rivals Morgan Smith and Annabel Luxton who took third behind the winners from Cuba.

It was amazing because the competition was so varied when we were there, with crews from Cuba, Australia, Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico, and another from the UK. We were really happy with how we did, the first race we were so surprised that we came second, we didn’t expect to do that well, but from then on it felt almost disappointing because we didn’t get a second again. However, we learned a lot and it was an insane experience, and it just made us want to do more Hobie events. The next definite one to do is the Europeans held in Spain in the summer and we’ll definitely be going to that.

– Elsa Swetenham, Hobie 16 skipper