TWO FIRSTS marked the 2018 Yachting Journalists’ Association Yachtsman of the Year and Young Sailor of the Year Awards: all-female winners and a tie for the YJA Yachtsman of the Year trophy.

The awards were held in London’s Leadenhall Building and hosted by MS Amlin Yacht after a breakfast reception celebrating Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s 80th birthday.

Sir Robin, himself a four time winner of the YJA Yachtsman of the Year trophy, presented the awards.

The YJA Young Sailor of the Year was announced first, with Emily Mueller, 15, collecting the award for winning the Volvo Gill Optimist British National Championship; the third ever girl to win the national title.