For youth sailors the place to be for the next seven days is Crozon-Morgat, France. The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Sailing Championship is the pinnacle of every young sailor¹s aspirations.
But there was disappointment on the first day with not enought wind to race in any of the classes. The event is regarded by ISAF as the second most important regatta in their calendar, after the Olympic Games.
243 competitors from 49 countries and have gathered in the small Breton town in France to compete for both individual and team glory. The sailors, all under 18 and have travelled from as far a field as Guatemala, Russia,
Belarus, Myanmar and Moldova time for the atlas!
Five nations are sporting full teams of ten sailors and must be regarded as favourites for the overall Volvo Trophy. The nations with full teams are: Australia, France, Great Britain, Germany and New Zealand.
The young sailors will be competing in seven disciplines:
Singlehanded boys - Laser - 39 competitors
Singlehanded girls - Laser - 26 competitors
Doublehanded boys - 420 - 29 competitors
Doublehanded girls - -420 - 24competitors
Windsurfing boys - Mistral - 29 competitors
Windsurfing girls - Mistral - 13 competitors
Multihull - Hobie Cat 16 - 12 competitors
Racing was scheduled to start at midday on 4th July and will continue until 10th July, with Sunday as a rest-day. Today¹s practice race was marred by thunderstorms and light winds. Better conditions are expected tomorrow for first official race of the regatta.
Nautivela, Laser and Hobie Europe have supplied the boats with just the windsurfers bringing their own equipment.
Racing will take place no more than one mile from the land Conditions are expected to be varied, with light or medium winds.
Sadly, four young sailors from Maynmar proved two months to old to compete in the event. The organising committee has allowed them to stay on at the venue and train away from racing in preparation for the 420 World Championships in
Italy later this summer.
Day One - 4th July
A lack of wind on day one of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships, meant all racing was abandoned for all 247 competitors.
All fleets were sent out at 3pm. What little wind there was rapidly died away to nothing and everyone was sent ashore by 5.30pm.
The one moment of excitement came just before lunch when the rapidly rising tide threatened to float away much of the fleet. Keen to get started and vying for prime position, the sailors had all moved their boats onto the
slipway at low tide. When the breeze failed to materialise, the five metre rise of tide forced a rapid retreat.
The forecast is for light winds again on day two of the regatta (Wednesday 5th July) with a frontal system due to arrive on Friday.