The 25-year-old was getting a sneak peek of what she can expect later this summer as she took to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - the London 2012 venue - for Sail for Gold.
And the Laser Radial sailor clearly liked what she saw, winning gold in style, recording eight top-five finishes from her nine races.
Having finished agonisingly off the podium in fourth three times already this year, including at May's World Championships, Young breaking her duck couldn't be better timed with London 2012 now less than 40 days away.
And, with a gold around her neck heading into the Games, Young insists she will return to Weymouth full of confidence of repeating the trick when it really matters.
"I'm feeling pretty pleased after Sail for Gold," she said. "That might be a bit of a massive understatement, it hasn't sunk in yet though really.
"I think this means I am a medal contender for the Olympics now. There are a few girls that are all quite close in our fleet so it will be close racing all that week.
"I was consistent throughout the week, just trying to build a series together and minimise mistakes.
"It has been a good few months - I've had a couple of fourths and I've finally made it onto the podium so I'll look to build on some lessons going into the Games.
"I think my expectations are going to be higher than anybody else's so as long as I look to meet my own expectations then that will do the job."
Young had it all to do to end up with gold as she headed into the medal race a point behind
But a second-place finish in the final race, with her Chinese rival only managing eighth, meant Young leapfrogged her into first, something she is eager to carry over into the rest of the summer.
"It was close going in to the medal race so it was just a case of putting in the best performance and I think I managed that," she added.
"It's a good confidence boost going forward to the Games, I'll just look to build on a few things from here between now and then.
"I just want to do my best and if your best means you get the win then yeah, that's cool."