The countdown to the 41st ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships to be held in Zadar, Croatia is on with 358 sailors from 59 nations registered to compete from 7-16 July.
Many former ISAF Youth Worlds medallists throughout the years have gone on to achieve greatness in the Olympic Games, America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, and this years athletes will look to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.
In the 29er, 23 teams and 46 sailors will battle it out in their bid to bring home the gold medal for their nation.
and Julien Bloyet
(FRA) will be back at the ISAF Youth Worlds to defend the 29er title they won in Istanbul, Turkey last year. The French pair rounded off a consistent week with a bullet in the final race in Istanbul to finish at the top of the podium by six points over New Zealand's Alexandra Maloney
and Sam Bullock
The French pair will be the favourites but there will be some tough competition from America's Antoine Screve
and Max Agnese
. Screeve finished third with James Moody
in 2010. But now sailing with Agnese, Screeve will be looking to bring home gold in Zadar.
Great Britain's Henry Lloyd Williams
and Samuel Batten
finished out of the medals in Istanbul by one point over Screeve and Agnese. With an impressive start to the regatta, which saw the Brits go 3-2-1, they faded in the middle, finishing towards the back of the fleet. A year on the Brits will be looking for more consistency as they push for a medal.
and Nathan Tang
will be Singapore's 29er representatives. Choy will be looking to use the experience gained from his seventh place finish in the Byte at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games
to good effect. And with many of the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds athletes new to large scale competition the Singaporeans will look to finish in the medals.
won gold for Australia in the SL16 at the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds as crew of Chase Lurati
. One year on and Darmanin is at the helm of the Australian SL16 with Aleks Vucic. Darmanin will be looking to retain the title he claimed last year with his new team mate.
The 14-boat fleet will also feature Denmark's Nicolaj Bjørnholt
and Daniel Bjørnholt
who will compete in their third ISAF Youth Worlds. The twin brothers first sailed at the 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds
in Buzios, Brazil where they finished ninth. A year later they were on the podium receiving the silver medal in Istanbul. With their ISAF Youth Worlds experience the Danes will fancy their chances of capturing the gold medal.
Of the crews who competed last year, alongside the Danes will be South Africa's Matthew Whitehead
and Calene Loubser
. The 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds will be Whitehead's third in the SL16 after he finished second in 2008 with Michael Ovenstone
and eighth with Loubser in 2010.
Sailing begins on Saturday 9 July with 12 races scheduled until Friday 15 July.
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