In order to prepare for the sailing test event of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games the local organising team held a two day Optimist regatta at the venue of the second edition of YOG.
Internal drills including race organization, venue operations, meteorological and hydrological forecasts, security and rescue took place at the YOG venue, Jinniu Lake, Nanjing, China from 24-25 May.
A final test event will take place from 21-22 June with local sailors and fleets taking to the water to further test race management and the field of play. The recent event strengthened the local team who will put on the spectacle for the 100 sailors who will compete across four events from 16-28 August 2014.
On the first day of competition a variable breeze from 8-15 knots blew across Jinniu Lake with 6-8 knots on the second day of racing.
A fleet of 30 sailors, made up of athletes who come from local primary and middle schools, competed for the honours over six fierce races.
Su Yikang from Lixue Primary School claimed top spot and was followed by Xiao Leran from Tianfeigong Primary School and Liu Zixiao from Nanjing No.50 Middle School.
Overall, the internal regatta ran smoothly with athletes and coaches leaving satisfied with the race organization and venues service.
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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