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6 March 2007, 01:39 pm
Creating The Next Generation Of Champions
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Steven Dyke HYUNDAI Youth Sail 2007
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Youth Sail 07 youth classes regatta is the final stage in selection for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship and will be held at Worser Bay Boating Club from 10-15 April. Selection for the NZL Youth Team is always hotly contested with past winners including household names such as Chris DICKSON (NZL) and Russell COUTTS (NZL).
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The youth classes regatta takes place over five days with a reserve day available if the Wellington wind blows too much! Around 120 sailors will compete for ten places in the 2007 NZL Youth Team. Racing will involve the following divisions.

  • Girls' single-handed class - Laser Radial
  • Boys' single-handed class - Laser
  • Girls' double-handed class - 420
  • Boys' double-handed class - 420
  • Boys' windsurfing - RS:X
  • Girls' windsurfing - RS:X

Wellington sailors are hot favourites in three of these divisions. Josh JUNIOR from Worser Bay Boating Club is currently leading the boys' single-handed selection while Cushla HUME-MERRY from Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat club heads the girls' single-handed competition. Sarah and Emma BERRY from Worser Bay Boating Club are currently favourites for the girls' double-handed team. Justina SELLERS, daughter of Kiwi yachting double gold medallist Rex SELLERS looks promising in the girls' windsurfing fleet. The boys' windsurfing spot is too close to call.

The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team once selected will compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in July.

Creating The Next Generation Of America's Cup Heroes

The ISAF Grade 3 Yachting New Zealand Youth Match Racing National Championships will be held at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club from 17-21 April.

At the same time as Emirates Team New Zealand gets underway with its final countdown to the America's Cup, the cream of New Zealand's youth match racing sailors will be doing battle on Wellington Harbour to determine who will be crowned the National Youth Match Racing Champion for 2007.

Eight teams of three sailors will sail each other twice on a course off Oriental Bay in order to decide who will move onto the semi finals. Then, just like in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the racing starts all over again with the top four teams racing each other to see who will sail off for first and second.

The finals of the match racing national champs are scheduled to take place on Saturday 21 April with racing taking place off the breakwater at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. The yachts will be literally a stone throw away from the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Freyberg beach.

Creating The Next Generation Of Youth Sailors

The Yachting New Zealand National Junior Development Camp will be held at Muritai Yacht Club from 11-14 April 2007.

The National Junior Development Camp is a four day live-in event for 40 of New Zealand's junior sailors. The camp is a new concept on the New Zealand Yachting calendar aimed a helping to create the next crop of Dean BARKERs (NZL) and Barbara KENDALLs (NZL). The camp is aimed at introducing the nations up and coming junior sailors to the Yachting New Zealand High Performance Academy programme.

The camp is targeted at those sailors who are about to make the transition to the youth team selection classes. It features on the water coaching provided by coaches from the Yachting New Zealand High Performance Academy. As well as the on the water sessions the sailors will be provided with the following input from a team of sport scientists from the New Zealand Academy of Sport.

For all the latest news from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship CLICK HERE.

Jodie Perkins (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Russell COUTTS is a past winner of Youth sail:© Getty Images
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