Keep up to date with the daily action on the water by downloading these short video podcasts (www.youthworlds2007.org/podcast.shtml) featuring the thrills and spills from the seven fleets battling it out on Lake Ontario.
Racing starts in earnest on Saturday 14 July with three races scheduled for each class of boat: Lasers for the boys, Laser Radials for the girls, Hobie 16s (boys and girls sailing together) 29ers (separate girls and boys boats), and the RS:X windsurfers (separate fleets for the boys and girls), will race over three courses in the stretch of water between Kingston and Wolfe Island.
Although Lake Ontario offers arguably the best lake sailing in the world, currents can be an issue here as the lake, the last in the chain of Great Lakes, forms the beginning of the St Lawrence River and the currents curl around Wolfe Island which is directly opposite Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, the event centre and legacy from the 1976 Olympic Games.
But, before the crews take to the water, tonight they will parade through the streets of Kingston, led by a mounted police woman and motorbike outriders, bearing their country's national flag. The parade will culminate in an official opening ceremony where, in a symbolic gesture, a representative from each country will empty a vial of water brought with them from their home sailing waters into a large ceremonial vase. As the vase fills a small boat will begin to float and dry ice will bring the regatta to life.
The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007 has 222 athletes from 50 nations taking part. Results will be available daily from the official website - www.youthworlds2007.org/results.shtml
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The ISAF Youth World Championship is ISAF's longest running event, having taken place every year since the first Youth Worlds hosted by Sweden in 1971. The 37th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship takes place from 12-21 July, sailed out of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
2007 will be the eighth ISAF Youth Worlds to be sponsored by Volvo. Italy are the current holders of the Volvo Trophy, awarded annually to the top performing nation at the Youth Worlds.
Past notable winners include American's Cup skippers, Chris DICKSON (NZL) and Russell COUTTS (NZL), Volvo Ocean Race sailor Stuart BANNATYNE (NZL) and many Olympic Champions including Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), Ben AINSLIE (GBR) and Siren SUNDBY (NOR).
For the fifth year in a row the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme (APP) will assist young athletes from developing sailing nations attend the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. Since its launch the APP has helped over 100 sailors attend the Championships, further spreading the appeal of youth sailing's premier event.
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