Emma Wilson (sailor)

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Emma Wilson
Personal information
Born (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 21)
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Sailing career

Emma Wilson (born 7 April 1999) is a British windsurfer who won the RS:X event at the Youth Sailing World Championships in 2016 and 2017, and won medals at the 2018 and 2019 RS:X European Championships. She has qualified to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Personal life[edit]

Emma Wilson was born on 7 April 1999 in Nottingham.[1] She grew up in Christchurch, Dorset.[1][2] She is the daughter of Penny Wilson (née Way),[3] who competed at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.[2][4] Her older brother Dan is also a professional sailor.[3] When she was younger, Wilson played hockey at regional level in addition to sailing.[3]


Wilson has trained alongside Bryony Shaw, who won bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1][4] Aged 12, she won the U15 Techno 293 World Championships,[1][5] and the U15 RS:X event.[5] In 2015, she came second at the RS:X event at the Youth Sailing World Championships.[1][6] She later won the event in 2016,[1][7] and 2017.[1][8] She won the 2017/18 UK Windsurfing Association Windsurfer of the Year award.[9]

At the 2018 Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, Wilson won the opening RS:X race by over a minute.[10] She eventually finished fourth at the event.[11] In the same year, she came 6th at the Sailing World Cup event in Enoshima,[4] and came third at the RS:X European Championships in Gdańsk, Poland.[12] She came third overall, and second European, at the 2019 RS:X European Championships in Palma de Mallorca,[13] and came fourth at the 2020 RS:X World Championships, 11 points behind third place.[14]

Wilson has qualified to competed in the RS:X event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[2][11][15] She finished fourth in the Olympic test event.[11][15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Emma Wilson". British Sailing Team. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Jeremy (27 February 2020). "Tokyo 2020 windsurfer Emma Wilson on life on the waves and following in her Olympian mother's wake". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Falkingham, Katie (22 May 2019). "Emma Wilson: GB windsurfer on following in two-time Olympian mother's footsteps". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Rice, Andy (20 September 2018). "Emma Wilson: junior RS:X sailor's meteoric rise through the Olympic ranks – fuelled by 'fun'". Yachts & Yachting. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Youth windsurfers win five world medals". UK Boats. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  6. ^ "45TH ISAF YOUTH SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015: 27 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, Langkawi, Malaysia". World Sailing World Cup. 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  7. ^ "New Zealand 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships". World Sailing World Cup. 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  8. ^ "China 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships". World Sailing World Cup. 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Emma Wilson wins UKWA Windsurfer of the Year Award". Windsurfing UK. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Windsurfing: Emma Wilson on-form in World Championships". Dorset Echo. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Staniforth, Mark (7 March 2020). "International Women's Day: 10 to watch in Tokyo". Team GB. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Olympic Sailing: British windsurfer Emma Wilson claims first world championship medal". Yacht Racing Life. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Trio of medals for Britain's Emma Wilson at RS:X European Championships". Sail World. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  14. ^ Davies, Ryan (3 March 2020). "Olympics-bound Wilson bags fourth at World Championships". The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  15. ^ a b Crocker, Tom (2 October 2019). "Christchurch star Emma Wilson follows in mother's footsteps in receiving Olympic call-up". Bournemouth Daily Echo. Retrieved 18 March 2020.