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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

The countdown to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship is well and truly underway. Here we take a look at the venue, Busan Yachting Centre, no stranger to top quality events having hosted the 1988 Olympic Regatta and the Asian Games in 2002.

For 2005, this pinnacle event in the youth sailing circuit, is being organised by the Busan Yachting Association under the authority of the Korean Sailing Federation and ISAF. Located on Suyong Bay in the south of Korea and to the east of Busan, the Busan Yachting Centre has experience hosting the biggest events. It was here, for example, that Torben GRAEL (BRA) won the second of his five Olympic medals. The annual Busan International Film Festival takes place at the centre every autumn and there are numerous tourist attractions nearby. Busan, previously spelt Pusan, is the second largest city in Korea and is a major port. It's landscape includes a coastline with fine beaches, scenic islets and mountains.

All competitors will stay in a newly built hostel just five minutes walk from the venue and on the scheduled lay day, Thursday 19 July, a city tour is planned to introduce the teams to the city of Busan. Busan is the second largest city in Korea and there are numerous stunning tourist attractions, including parks, markets, beaches and temples. No ALT tag specified Events taking place in Busan at the same time include the Bexco Mud Land Festival and Bolshoi on Ice 2005.

The sailing will take place in the waters between the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan, waters renowned for both strong winds and currents. Competitors can expect wind speeds of between nine and 16 knots (5-8m/s or Force 3 to 5) predominantly from the south or south west with the tidal currents varying from 0.8 to 1.2 knots. Temperatures in Busan at this time will range from 22-28ºC and the Championship will take place at the tail end of the rainy season which extends from June through July.

Racing is scheduled from 15-22 July with a lay day on 19 July. A practice race will take place on 15 July with three races scheduled for 16 July, two on each of the other race days and just one on the final day. In total therefore, twelve races are scheduled for each class. When six races are completed, a boat's score will be the total of all her scores, if six to eight are completed boat's will exclude their worst score and if nine or more are completed then competitors final points score will exclude the worst two scores. The seven fleets will be split over three course areas identified by the respective flags as follows:

Event Equipment Course Area Course Flag
Windsurfer boys and girls Mistral EXR Yellow
Single-handed dinghy boys and girls Laser and Laser Radial Volvo Orange
Double-handed dinghy boys and girls and multihull open 420 and Hobe 16 Spi Hanjin Pink

There are three courses which the Race Committee may use during the championship: a Trapezoid Outer course, a Trapezoid Inner Course and a Windward Leeward course. Details of all three are available as appendices of the Sailing Instructions and the diagrams also include the course signals, the approximate angles between legs, the order in which marks are to be passed and the side on which each mark is to be left. Courses will be set for a target time of 40 minutes for the Mistral fleets and 60 minutes for all other fleets.

ISAF. Image, The legendary Torben GRAEL (BRA) won his second Olympic medal in Seoul 1988:© Reginalso Teixeira/Mar&Mar
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