TWO young sailors will represent Britain have been selected for next month's Youth Sailing World Championships in China.

The RYA selected Nacra 15 rising talents Benno Marstaller (Mylor YC) and Chloe Collenette (Restronguet SC) have clinched the final coveted spots to represent Great Britain at the prestigious global event (11-15 December), after the 29er, 420, Laser Radial and RS:X sailors were named throughout the summer.

The pair were elated to receive their call-up to compete at what they described as "the pinnacle of youth sailing" following a tough selection process.

Benno said: "It is an honour to be the only boat to represent GB at the youth worlds in China and we are looking forward to being able to race in the highest level of the sport at youth level.

“The qualification process was intense, with difficult conditions and high level competition, so we are pleased to have come out on top.”

The team will be among a 400-strong international fleet from 60 nations competing at the event.

The Nacra 15 multihull open fleet made its first appearance at last year's Youth Worlds in Auckland, New Zealand, with the class gaining momentum ever since.

Named as one of three fleets for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the Nacra 15 country qualification is already underway with European and African qualifier taking place in Medemblik at the end of October.

Counting a string of top results at the Dutch event, 17-year-old Marstaller and 18-year-old Collenette stormed ahead in the 28-boat fleet to take event honours at the qualifier and with it secured selection to the British Youth Sailing Team for the Youth Worlds.

The Cornish catamaran duo will be flying the flag at their last youth event before transitioning into the Olympic class scene.

Benno added: “We are planning to attend the Nationals in Weymouth and aim to improve as much as we can in the short period of time we have left before we leave.”

The duo will form part of a 14-strong team ready to do battle in Sanya, China in December.

RYA Youth Racing Manager Mark Nicholls added: “Benno and Chloe put in a strong performance in Medemblik against a top-quality fleet. “We’re delighted to add the pair to the British line-up in Sanya. With another two international medallists amongst the British Youth Sailing Team’s ranks, I’m looking forward to the team delivery another strong performance.” Nacra 15 Benno Marstaller and Chloe Collenette

Benno was selected the youngest ever for the British Natioal Squad aged 10 in 2010 and he was a member of the British (Optimist) Europeans Team in 2012 & Worlds Team in 2013 and 2014, has won with the British Optimist Worlds Team the first Bronze Team Racing Medal in more than 50 years for GBR at the World Chanpionships at Lake Garda in 2013 and was voted with his Worlds Team Yachts & Yachting 2014 Young Sailors Of The Year and in 2016 selected for the RYA SW Youth Champion Award.

Benno was ranked 1st in the UK IOCA/RYA Ranking 2013/2014 and also became the winner of " British Inland Championships"’ and has won the "Coup International de Printemps" in France (which is the selection event for the Swiss and French Optimist sailors).

Chloe began sailing in 2012, becoming first girl in the 2016 Laser 4.7 Nationals and second, came third in the Miami Orange Bowl Regatta in the USA and has competed in the Laser European CS three times and World CS twice.

Benno Marstaller and Chloe Collenette have started (alongside sailing Laser) sailing the Nacra 17 in 2016 and recently the "Foiling" Nacra 17 and the Nacra 15 around Easter 2017.