YATE blind sailor Mark Austen is to sail for Great Britain at 2017 Blind Sailing World Championships in America.

Austen, who is registered blind, has trained and sailed with the GB Blind Sailing team for two years.

On Sunday night, he was told he has been selected to helm one of the four yachts representing Great Britain Blind Sailing team as they defend their world title at the 2017 Blind Fleet Racing Open World Sailing Championships to be held at Sheboygan on Lake Michigan.

This selection is the culmination of two years training, sailing and racing.

Austen said, “When I started sailing with British Blind Sailing in 2015 I set myself the goal of representing GB at Blind Sailing in the World Sailing Championships for Blind and Partially Sighted people.

“I am so proud to have been selected to Race with the Great Britain team.”