The most successful Jersey sailor in the recent Jeux des Iles in Corsica, 14-year-old Elana St George, has been awarded the 2013 Jersey Clipper Bursary, worth £600. In addition, an anonymous donation has enabled the Jersey Clipper Bursary trustees to make a second award of £250 to another young sailor, 11-year-old Phoebe Le Marquand. Elana, who has been sailing for five years, says she is thrilled to have won the 2013 bursary, which she will use to help with the cost of training and competing outside the Island. ‘Most of my sailing has been in Optimists at St Catherine’s Sailing Club,’ said Elana, ‘and I have been competing in races for the club and for Jersey for the last three years. I really enjoy the sport and being part of my club and the local sailing community. ‘I also want to train to be an RYA instructor so that I can put something back into the sport by assisting others to learn to sail. I am not from a sailing family and it was due to the enthusiasm of young instructors that I fell in love with sailing.’ Phoebe, who has been competing in races and regattas since she was nine, will use her award to assist with the travelling costs involved in training in the UK. ‘My ambition is to be the first-ever Jersey girl to gain a place in the British National Squad, sailing my Optimist dinghy,’ she said. ‘I would also love to represent the Island at the Jeux des Iles and be the first Jersey sailor to win a medal! The annual award, a legacy from the three Jersey campaigns in the Clipper Round-the-World Race, was established in 2007 through the generosity of Dandara, Les Pas Holdings and UBS. Further funding to ensure the future of the award was recently provided by local boat-owner Nigel Philpott and the Island’s three former Harbourmasters – Capt Roy Bullen, Capt Brian Nibbs and Capt Howard Le Cornu.