The French team which will defend the Volvo Trophy from the 14-23 July at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea features a mixture of new faces and past medallists.
As the most successful nation of the Championship, France won the Nations Cup, now known as the Volvo Trophy, for a the sixth time in Gdynia, Poland last year - a record which far eclipses the two won by Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. The French, who have appeared at every Championship since they began in 1971, top the ISAF Youth Worlds medal table with 16 gold, 22 silver and 11 bronze medals.
French success at the ISAF Youth Worlds has been built on their consistent finishes across the fleet. Since their outstanding performance in Kuopio, Finland in 1999 when they won three gold medals, the French team had failed to win another gold until Sarah STEYAERT won in the Laser Radial last year.
This year Vanessa LE BOUTEILLER takes STEYAERT's place in the Radial, and the Laser, 420 and Mistral boys see more new faces in Jean-Baptiste BERNAZ, Antoine GUILLOU and Vincent GUILLARM and Pierre LE COQ.
Experience comes from Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD, who finished seventh in the 420 girls competition last year and from two silver medallists from Gdynia, Anne Sophie LE PAGE in the Mistral girls and the Hobie 16 team of Julien VILLION and Martin BATAILLE.
The French Youth World Team:
- Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser
- Single-handed dinghy girls - Laser Radial
Vanessa LE BOUTEILLER
- Double-handed dinghy boys - 420
Antoine GUILLOU and Vincent GUILLARM
- Double-handed dinghy girls - 420
Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD
- Multihull open - Hobie 16
Julien VILLION and Martin BATAILLE
- Windsurfer boys - Mistral
Pierre LE COQ
- Windsurfer girls - Mistral
Anne Sophie LE PAGE