Greber to take on world’s best in Portugal

Olivier Greber and Jess Eales in action at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships. Picture by Paul Wyeth/RYA SUS-140807-142026001
Olivier Greber and Jess Eales in action at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships. Picture by Paul Wyeth/RYA SUS-140807-142026001

Eastbourne sailor Oli Greber is gearing up for the biggest week of his competitive sailing career so far as he prepares to represent Great Britain at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

Greber, 18, flies out to Portugal on Thursday ahead of the championships which kick-off on Saturday (July 12), representing the British Youth Sailing Team in the mixed multihull SL16 class along with Lymington crew Jess Eales.

More than 365 of the world’s top Olympic hopefuls of the future, representing 63 nations, converge on Portugal’s Clube Náutico de Tavira, located on the west side of the Algarve, for the eight-day regatta.

Multiple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie is among the many high-profile Brits who have represented their country at the prestigious under-19 event.

The south coast sailor, who attends Sussex Downs College, won selection for the British Youth Sailing Team for a second consecutive year following his gold-medal winning performance at the RYA Youth National Championships in Weymouth ad Portland this April.

He said: “I was delighted to be selected to represent the British Youth Sailing Team for a second consecutive time.

“The ISAF Youth Worlds is such an incredible event and I’m looking forward to getting out to Portugal to race against the best sailors from around the world.”

“It is a huge honour to represent Great Britain on what is the world’s biggest stage for Youth sailing, where many Olympic legends have competed in the past.”

The Pevensey Bay Sailing Club star continued: “My overall goal is to win a medal and obviously it would be incredible to achieve gold after coming so close with a bronze medal at last year’s event in Limassol, Cyprus.

This year I have switched from crew to helm and am now sailing with Jess (Eales), so we are still relatively new in the boat together but are confident we can do well.”

Greber is one of two sailors who will be returning for a second year, while the remaining 10 British sailors will be making their ISAF Youth Worlds debut. All the British sailors are aged between 15 and 18 and will fly out to Portugal to begin their preparations on Thursday 10 July.

There are a maximum of 13 races scheduled for the five Youth classes at the Clube Náutico de Tavira.

The opening race of the regatta is on Monday, July 14, with the medals due to be decided on Friday, July 18.