TEENAGE sailor Elliott Kuzyk followed in the footsteps of older brother Giles by claiming a superb victory on the global stage – in the same boat.

Giles became topper world champion four years ago and his 15-year-old sibling made it a family double at this year's championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club in Northern Ireland.

It was the first time in the 40-year history of the class that two brothers had triumphed and the signs are good for the siblings given another previous winner, Giles Scott, won gold at Rio 2016.

Ian Walker, also a previous champion, won the Volvo Ocean Race and two Olympic silver medals in a stellar racing career.

Poole Grammar pupil Elliott said: “My aim was to finish in the top five and I managed that, so I’m really happy.

"I’ve been training a lot so to finally get there and become world champion is really great. I feel it’s all been worth something now and I’m absolutely over the moon.”

Elliott is a member of Parkstone Yacht Club and has been part of the Team GB set-up for the past two years.

He has won the Southern Area title an unprecedented five times and has been victorious in around 20 regional open traveller events.

More than 200 boats competed at the world championship, with 163 boats in the main 5.3 fleet, of which Elliott was a part.

There were no gender or age restrictions for entry and sailors typically raced for up to six hours a day throughout the week-long event.

Parkstone Yacht Club commodore Bryan Drake said: "Elliott is racking up some impressive achievements and we wish him well with future events, which we are watching with a close eye.

"It's fantastic to be able to nurture talent like Elliott's at the club and his success is a fantastic inspiration for our young sailors.”

Elliott would like to thank the Royal Yachting Association, Team GB, Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole Grammar School, Everyone Active and Poole Bay Rotary for their contribution towards his world championship success.