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27 July 2009, 10:07 pm
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Emerging Nations Programme - The Story So Far
ENP Coach Belinda STOWELL takes stock with RS:X sailors Singapore's Joshua CHOO and Czech Republic's Petr KUCERA
ENP Coach Belinda STOWELL takes stock with RS:X sailors Singapore's Joshua CHOO and Czech Republic's Petr KUCERA at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club

ISAF Sailing World Championships 2011
Perth, Australia

With a week to go in the inaugural Emerging Nations Programme intensive training camp, the 10 athletes from nine developing sailing nations are quickly learning what is needed to take the next step in their development and progression in a bid to represent their country at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.
The inaugural ENP camp, which is being held at Fremantle Sailing Club, is the first of seven ENP intensive training camps to be held in WA between July 2009 and the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December 2011.

Acclaimed Australian Olympic sailing coach Arthur BRETT and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medallist in the women's 470 class Belinda STOWELL are guiding the Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X athletes, sharing the knowledge and skill that has seen the pair help spearhead modern Australian Olympic sailing success.

Event Event Country Class Gender
Hao CHANG Men's Windsurfer Chinese Taipei RS:X Male
Petr KUCERA Men's Windsurfer Czech Republic RS:X Male
Joshua CHOO Men's Windsurfer Singapore RS:X Male
Gabriel MORAN Men's One Person Dinghy Ecuador Laser Male
Alexandr DENISIUC Men's One Person Dinghy Moldova Laser Male
Peter HENRY Men's One Person Dinghy Cook Islands Laser Male
Anna AILE Women's One Person Dinghy Latvia Laser Radial Female
Natalia MONTEMAYOR Women's One Person Dinghy Mexico Laser Radial Female
Christiana OKWARA Women's One Person Dinghy Nigeria Laser Radial Female
Helema WILLIAMS Women's One Person Dinghy Cook Islands Laser Radial Female

Over the course of the seven ENP intensive training camps, up to 40 athletes from as many nations (not represented in any sailing discipline at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games), will be invited to Perth to improve their chances of earning a place in the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships through their involvement with the ENP.

The ENP is designed to encourage and assist developing and emerging sailing nations to participate in the Olympic Sailing Competition, increase the number of participating ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and subsequently the number of competitors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. From this World Championship, it is hoped 'emerging' talent identified during the ENP will qualify to represent their country in sailing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The weekend of the 25-26 July was the busiest period of the ENP camp so far for the athletes, with more than 12 hours spent in the waters of the Indian Ocean at Fremantle and on Perth City's iconic Swan River at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

Here is the story so far…..

Saturday 25 July

The ENP athletes were Officially Welcomed to Western Australia by State Tourism Minister The Hon Liz CONSTABLE MLA at Fremantle Sailing Club and formally introduced to members of the WA media and local sailing club Commodores.

The formalities preceded what would be a testing day on the waters of the Western Australian coast, with four hours of non-stop racing taking place between the ENP athletes and local sailors in the Fremantle Sailing Club Huck Scott Winter Series Regatta. Local Laser and Laser Radial sailors showed their wares against some of the best up and coming international talent the ENP had to offer, with the moderate south-westerly suiting Moldovan Laser sailor Alexandr DENISIUC the best, finishing second in each of the Huck Scott races and second in a dead rubber that followed.

Singaporean RS:X sailor Joshua CHOO had a successful day in each of his races, quickly adapting to the winds and waves that caused problems for some of the local RS:X talent.

The day concluded with Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Alan LEDGER hosting the ENP athletes for dinner at the Club and congratulating them all on becoming dinghy members of the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Sunday 26 July

The previous days' hectic schedule was a prelude to the activities that came on Sunday as the athletes headed inland from the coast to the picturesque Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Mosman Park for the honorary Emerging Nations Programme Regatta. The regatta saw Western Australian Institute of Sport and additional talented local sailors invited to compete against the ENP athletes on the calmer waters of the Swan River.

The seven race regatta became a battle of tactics as the sailors looked to find the best way to take advantage of inconsistent easterly winds.

The RS:X sail boards had a difficult morning as a result of the light winds but Chinese Taipei's Hao CHANG and Singapore's CHOO showed the art of pumping the sail in the light conditions to get in front of the fleet.

The lunch break was impeccably timed as the easterly dropped to a faint breeze by midday. This allowed the group to take respite within the Yacht Club's Junior Clubhouse to hear from ENP Coaches Arthur BRETT and Belinda STOWELL on the importance of placement and positioning, vision and tactics on the start line to ensure the best possible start to a race.

Ecuador's Gabriel MORAN finished the day second overall in the ENP Regatta and was joined in the placings by Moldovan Alex DENISUIC who came in third.

Latvian Laser Radial sailor Anna AILE had a promising day on the water, finishing third in the Radial fleet.

Monday 27 July

After two solid days of on water training, the prospect of a lay day was quickly dismissed as the athletes hit the gym at 9am for a testing two hour cardio and weights session.

Under the watchful eye of fitness fanatic STOWELL the athletes were put through a gruelling circuit to further their rapidly improving strength and fitness thresholds. No concessions were made as the athletes sweated it out in their only scheduled session for the day.

Following the demanding 120 minute workout, ENP coaches BRETT and STOWELL afforded the group what was to that point a rare luxury - some time for rest and relaxation. The group seized the opportunity to explore the City of Perth and Fremantle ahead of what will be another series of gruelling practical and theoretical on water sessions tomorrow in Fremantle.

The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Emerging Nations Programme is proudly supported by the Australian Federal Government and the Western Australian State Government.

Click here for further information on the Emerging Nations Programme.
Andrew Bousfield
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