Shannon and Jayden Dalton win national sailing championship, eye worlds

Local sailing siblings Jayden and Shannon Dalton continue to ride a wave of success.

Not long after taking out the Australian Sailing Youth Nacra 15 Championship with just four months of training behind them in the Nacra 15 catamaran, the amazing Dalton duo have another reason to celebrate.

They have been awarded scholarships with the Western Australian Institute of Sport, which will provide them with valuable support as they prepare to take on the world’s best juniors later this year.

Come December, the Leschenault teenagers will put themselves to the test when they compete in the Youth Sailing World Championships.

The international contest will be held in China in December and see more than 400 sailors from over 60 nations compete in the waters off Hainan Island.

“We’ll be racing against the top person from each country,” Shannon said.

Shannon, a student at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, and Jayden, an apprentice auto electrician who is in the South West Academy of Sport, have shown they have what it takes to take on the world’s best.

Both have years of experience competing as individuals including at international events, as well as more recently working together as a team for the Australian Sailing Youth Nacra 15 Championships at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales over the Easter long weekend.

Despite “light and shifty” conditions that kept them on their toes, and were different to what they’ve experienced in Western Australia, they won seven of 10 races at the regatta.

Their success on the water meant they earned the right to bring home the trophy.

Shannon and Jayden will continue joining forces as they ramp up preparations for the world junior titles.

As well as their regular training in Perth on the Swan River and in the ocean, the talented teens will participate in an Australian Sailing Youth Team training camp in Sydney. They will also compete in regattas on the east coast.