CHRISTCHURCH windsurfer Emma Wilson served notice of her potential when she claimed silver at the Youth Sailing World Championships.

The 16-year-old, who is the reigning national champion in the girls’ RS:X class, sailed an impressive series in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Never outside the top four in any of her races, Wilson was assured of a medal heading into the final day of competition.

And the teenager sailed a spectacular final race to take the win and boost herself into the silver medal position.

Wilson said: “I have been pretty consistent throughout the competition so that helped me a lot going into the final day.

“I knew I could get silver and possibly even gold but that was a really big push so I just went to sail my own race.

“I had a really good start and managed to pump over the Chinese athlete and then just went and won it.

“My aim was to medal so I’m really pleased with silver and I have two more years to do youth worlds so maybe I can improve."

British team boss Oli Woodcock said: “Emma sailed brilliantly this week and in the last race she sailed amazingly.

"It was six to 10 knots which is meant to be weaker conditions for her but she smashed it.”

Wilson's brother Daniel was the British team’s representative in the boys’ RS:X windsurfing event, where he finished eighth, while Bournemouth’s James King was ninth in the SL16 catamaran class alongside Jack Butters.