Youngsters win top award

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Britain's young sailors won the senior BT/YJA Yachtsman of the Year award in London last night, writes Stuart Alexander.

At the World Youth Championships this year, the Royal Yachting Association youth team's Nick Rogers and Pom Green took gold in the boys double-handed, twins Sally and Jessie Cuthbert gold for the girls double-handed, and Ben Ainslie gold in the boys' Laser. Sarah Webb, Ben Proffitt and Helen Cartwright also performed well, helping Britain to walk away with the trophy as top nation.

There was also a special award for the youth squad coach, Jim Saltonstall, who has also been made a coach to this year's Olympic team at Savannah.

The RYA announced the formation of Squad 2000 to develop 30 to 40 potential medallists at the Sydney Games.