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18 August 2014, 04:46 am
Steady Breeze Greets YOG Racers On Opening Day
Practice racing
Practice racing

2014 Youth Olympic Games
Nanjing, China

The 101 sailors from 62 nations are all rigged up, suited and booted and ready for the opening day of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Sailing Competition.
A steady breeze in the region of 5-6 knots from a north easterly direction will test the racers on Lake Jinniu.

At 11:30 the postponement was lowered ensuring the fleet will take to the water and get racing away early in the afternoon. Three races are scheduled for the day with the Techno 293 fleet racing on Race Area A and the Byte CII on Race Area B.

The Bytes will race three consecutive races. The Techno Boys will sail two, followed by the Girls who will race two. The boys will take to the water for a final race after the girls who will then race a single race after the boys.

With light winds on the menu Trinidad and Tobago's Abigail Affoo is looking forward to racing, "Hopefully I will do well, the conditions suit me. I like the Byte, it's designed for light wind and it works really well on small lakes like this and compared to other boats it's a bit different and I like it."

The four YOG Sailing events are:

Boy's Windsurfer - Techno 293
Girl's Windsurfer - Techno 293
Boy's One Person Dinghy - Byte CII
Girl's One Persona Dinghy - Byte CII

The YOG Sailing Competition will consist of an opening series and final race. The format will be fleet racing but slalom racing may be run for the Boy's and Girl's Windsurfers if the weather conditions are suitable.

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About The Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games brings 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes who are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, Ian Barrows (ISV) and Lara Vadlau (AUT) won gold on the Boys and Girls One Person Dinghy, Byte CII, whilst Mayan Rafic (ISR) and Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) took the honours in the Boys and Girls Windsurfer, Techno 293.

The same classes will be on show at the sailing event at Nanjing 2014 and will bring 100 of the finest young sailors, aged 15-16, together on Nanjing's Jinniu Lake.

For each of the four sailing events, there are seven Youth Olympic Qualification Events (YOQE). Competitors qualify their National Olympic Committee (NOC) at a YOQE, and the NOC will then select its competitor for that event by the 8 July 2014 deadline.

The seven YOQE for each event are made up of a World Championship and six Continental Qualification Events. At the Continental Qualification Events only nations within that continent will be eligible for YOG Qualification.

Full details of the qualification system including the continental quotas in English and French are available in the full qualification system document here.

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