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28 June 2005, 10:04 am
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busna, Korea

The Real Federación Española de Vela have confirmed the team that will be competing for honours in Busan, Korea at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship from 14-23 July.
The Spanish team consists of eight sailors who will compete in six of the seven events. Spain lie sixth in the ISAF Youth Worlds medal table, having won nine gold, ten silver and nine bronze medals. They have been present at every Championship since 1990 and in total have only failed to appear six times since the inaugural Championship in 1971.

The 1970s proved to be a golden age for Spanish youth sailing with the country medalling at every ISAF Youth Worlds from 1972-1979. This run included six gold medals won by the likes of Luis DORESTE (ESP), who went on to win Olympic gold. A leaner spell followed in the 1980s and 1990s with just two gold medals. In the new millennium Spain's success at the ISAF Youth Worlds has already been reflected on the senior circuit. Alberto PADRON and Antonio DEL CASTILLO scored a gold medal in the 420 boys in the 2000 Championship in Sydney. PADRON has already gone on to have success on the sailing tour and this year has finished in the top three of five out of the six ISAF Graded events he has entered with crew Javier DE LA PLAZA.

Most recently, Blanca MANCHON took silver in 2002 and bronze in 2003 in the Mistral girls event. She then went on to represent her country as the youngest sailor at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. This year she made her biggest splash yet, taking five bullets on her way to a comprehensive win in the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship in Mondello, Italy. In 2005 MANCHON is back at the ISAF Youth Worlds looking to add the Youth title to the 2005 World crown.

The Spanish Youth World team for 2005:

  • Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser Standard
    Jorge JOBER GARCIA
  • Single-handed dinghy girls - Laser Radial
    Lucia REYES SANCHEZ
  • Double-handed dinghy boys - 420
    Carlos ACEÑA GONZALEZ DE VIANA and Gabriel UTRERA THOMPSON
  • Double-handed dinghy girls - 420
    Tara PACHECO VAN RIJNSOAVE and Marta PADRON AUYANET
  • Windsurfer boys - Mistral
    Juan Manuel MORENO VEGA
  • Windsurfer girls - Mistral
    Blanca MANCHON DOMINGUEZ

Like MANCHON, Lucia REYES also has performed successfully on the senior circuit and is currently at number 20 in the Laser Radial ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Tara PACHECO and Juan Manuel MORENO also both have previous ISAF Youth Worlds experience having competed last year in Gdynia, Poland. Leading the Spanish team this year will be Manuel PAZOS DIAZ and the coach is Francisco MANCHÓN TEJEDOR.

ISAF. Image, Blanca MANCHON will be looking to add Youth Worlds gold to the Mistral World title she won in May:© MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
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