The Junior Worlds will take place at the Lübeck Yacht Club and will add another highlight to one of the world's largest sailing regatta weeks, where more than a 1,000 boats spread across 37 classes are expected.
The news of arrived by email from Milan, Italy. Alberto PREDIERI, Acting President of the International 470 Class Association wrote to the Lübeck Yacht Club (LYC) saying, 'I am sure that you will give us fantastic Junior World Championships.'
'And we are very happy about this,' says Karin BÖGE, the new Chairwoman of Travemuender Week, 'As the Junior Worlds give yet another boost to our programme. Regarding the sports part, this coming July will see one of the most demanding Travemuender Week ever.'
A New Experience
For both athletes and organizers, the Junior Worlds will be a new experience. 'It is the first time that we will hold our Championships as part of a large regatta week,' explains SCHUCHARDT. This will be especially exciting for the young sailors, 'As they are not yet used to mixing with top class sailors and to excitement of the shore programme.' SCHUCHARDT, also head of the international jury for Travemuender Week, is convinced, 'That the Junior Worlds will be an excellent opportunity for promoting Germany as sailing venue.'
More than 100 boats from up to 20 nations are expected to enter the competitions with ten races plus finals (22-30 July) for which the International 470 Class Association will be allocated their own course. 'There is a lot of interest, also from overseas, especially from South America,' says SCHUCHARDT, who is confident that the 20 or so German boats have a good chance of the medals.
Current European Champions Geeske GENRICH and Darja BLASCHKIEWITZ (GER) from Lübeck will not take part, though as they are now too old for the Junior status. But Christopher LORENZ and Friedrich GEBERT (GER), who became Junior European bronze medallists in Tallinn, Estonia, last year, as well as Munich-based Patrik VOLLMANN and Nico LUTZ (GER), who were fourth at the Junior Europeans, and Juliane WOLF and Claudia WOLF (GER) are seen as some of the favourites for the podium places. Current 470 Junior World and Junior European Champions Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) currently look set for Germany to defend their title.