Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for 2012 who will represent their country at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.
The 2012 team includes some familiar names with four members, including Tomer Simhony, Ellie Copeland, Gemma Jones and Alex Munro, already having Youth World Championships experience under their belt having competed in Zadar, Croatia in 2011.
The New Zealand team:
Andrew McKenzie: Boy's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Jayvee Buchanan and Matthew Morrison: Boy's Two Person Dinghy - 420
and Erica Dawson: Girls Two Person Dinghy - 420
and Gemma Jones: Open Multihull - SL16
Alex Munro and Trent Rippey: Open Skiff - 29er
Team Manager: Ian Neely
Coaches: Jim Maloney
Tomer Simhony and Ellie Copeland were the top New Zealanders at last year's Youth Worlds, sailing together in the Open Multihull they finished 5th. This year they have decided to divide and conquer, each helming their own crew: Ellie in the Female 420 and Tomer remains in the multihull.
All of the sailors named have proven to a selection panel that they are amongst New Zealand's best youth sailors in their divisions.
In preparation for the regatta the team will be involved in a busy schedule of training camps, domestic and international competition.
29er duo Alex Munro with Trent Rippey and Laser Radial representative Andrew McKenzie with training partner Matthew Kempkers have just finished competing at the RYA Youth National Championships. Andrew McKenzie dominated this event and won the Laser Radial division. Matthew was not far behind for a fifth place finish, and Alex/Trent finished seventh in the 72 boat strong 29er fleet.
The same four young sailors are now in Ireland for the ISA Mistubishi Motors Youth National Championships from 12-16 April. Follow their progress online at the event website.
New Zealand has a proud history of success at the ISAF Youth Worlds which dates back to 1971. Over the history of the event kiwis have returned home with a total of 42 medals including 15 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze, and this year's team will be looking to increase that tally.
Last year, the team just missed out on the medals, but four representatives finished in the top ten.