PORTLAND’S Mollie Densley Robins, 18, finished seventh in the girls’ RS:X windsurfer at the Youth Sailing World Championships held in Gydnia, Poland.

Poole’s Millie Aldridge, 18, represented the British Youth Sailing Team in the girls’ 29er class and, alongside crew Freya Black, came home fifth after a challenging week of racing against the world’s most promising young sailors.

James Foster, 16, also from Poole, contested the boys’ Laser Radial fleet finishing 16th.

The trio were picked to represent Great Britain following their winning performances at the recent RYA Youth National Championships.

Desley Robins said: “It was a really fun event. I’m looking forward to the RS:X World Championships in Lake Garda in a few months.”

Alridge said: “This regatta was one of the most challenging events we have done.

“It tested every skill we had.

“It was a long regatta and we had to look at ourselves and deal with some big setbacks, but we did just that and we move on with a positive mindset.”

Foster said: “I feel great. It’s been an amazing experience unlike any event I’ve ever been to before. My goal is now to go to the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Canada and smash it!”

The Dorset trio were among 14 of the country’s most promising young sailors representing Great Britain at the Youth Sailing World Championships.

Previous Youth Worlds participants include some of today’s best-known sailors including the world’s most decorated Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and 2008 Beijing gold medallist Pippa Wilson.

Jonny McGovern, the RYA’s Youth Worlds team leader, said he could not be prouder of the attitude from his athletes.

“They all showed a really professional approach and worked well together to keep fighting all week,” he said. “We had a real mix of conditions throughout the competition and it was great to see so many in contention for medals going into the last day.”

“The experience the sailors gained this week will give them a great springboard to build on in the future. I’m very proud to have been associated with such a talented group of sailors. Now on to the next start line.”