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Initially Saskia took a dislike to sailing as a child, but quickly changed her mind when she beat her elder sister once in a race. From there she progressed through the junior and youth programs, with her under 18 career culminating in the European Youth title. After some time away from the sport to complete university, Saskia returned to sailing and struggled to make the transition to the senior circuit so decided to pursue a career away from the water.

Whilst watching friends and former competitors compete in Athens 2004 she resolved to pursue her Olympic dream and returned to the circuit with a new found professionalism and desire to win. Her first Olympic experience in Beijing 2008 ended in an 6th place finish but importantly showed her first hand what it would take to win at the top level. After trialing various team mates though the 2012 cycle, Saskia and Hannah Mills crossed paths late in the cycle and would be the team to end up making history.

The first British women to win a 470 World title followed by the Olympic Silver medal in London 2012. The battle for Gold had been too close and left the pair with unfinished business, determined to go one better. A tricky 4 years followed, a struggle with various illness and injury, but Saskia and Hannah turned up to Rio 2016 with one loss in the 9 months prior to the Games. They won the Gold Medal in emphatic fashion, with a race to spare.  2016 ended with the pair voted as Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

Her achievements include;

  • 1992 Junior European Championship Team
  • 1993 Junior World Championship Team
  • 1993 Girls National Champion
  • 1996 Youth  European Champion
  • 2005 470 World Championships – Silver
  • 2007 470 World Championships- Bronze
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics 6th
  • 2011 470 European Championships- Bronze
  • 2011 470 World Championships – Silver
  • 2012 470 World Champion
  • 2012 Olympic Games – Silver
  • 2014 470 World Championships- Bronze
  • 2015 470 World Championships- Silver
  • 2016 Olympic Champion
  • 2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Saskia will be hosting as Sailing Masterclass with us from 19th March to 2nd April, 2017.