An Isle of Wight teenager has been crowned a national sailing champion.

Oliver Evans, aged 16, sailed to victory with his crew Fin Armstrong in the 29er sailing championships.

It is despite the pair never having sailed together before.

The duo were faced with some challenging sailing conditions at the venue in Pwllheli in Wales.

Racing was suspended on two of the days, both due to no wind and too much wind.

Speaking after sailing to victory, Oliver said:

“Although it was the first time Fin and I had ever sailed together, we worked well as a team and secured some outstanding results meaning we went into the final day of racing with a 20 point lead.

“We were obviously thrilled to win the title as neither of us were expecting it, and it puts us in a good position as we look ahead to the European Championships next week in Lake Garda.”

Oliver, who lives in Cowes and attends Cowes Enterprise College, is a member of Gurnard Sailing Club and helps to coach some of the older cadets, sharing his racing expertise.

He will be back sailing with his normal crew Will Jarman at the Europeans, but hopes his recent success at the Nationals will give the pair a boost as they continue with their racing season.

Wightlink supports Oliver with discounted ferry travel through the Isle of Wight Council Talented Athlete Scheme.