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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

After seven of the twelve races that will decide the various outcomes of the 2005 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea, the national competition for the Volvo Trophy provides a fascinating insight into the shifting powers of the youth scene.
Year Volvo Trophy Winner
1991 France
1992 France
1993 Australia
1994 New Zealand
1995 Great Britain
1996 Great Britain
1997 France
1998 France
1999 France
2000 France
2001 France
2002 New Zealand
2003 Australia
2004 France

With five of the twelve races remaining, the Volvo Trophy is currently being led by eight time winners France. The Trophy is based on a points scoring system that rewards nations who perform consistently across the events.

How The Trophy Works

A race win gets a nation ten points, a second place nine points, a third place eight, through until tenth place which scores a single point. Finishes outside the top ten do not contribute points towards the Volvo Trophy.

After one race across all the seven events a nation's four best race results form it's points total for that round of the Trophy. For example, in race one French sailors finishing first in the Hobie, 15th in the 420 boys, first in the 420 girls, fourth in the Laser, tenth in the Laser Radial, fifth in the Mistral boys and third in the Mistral boys. Taking their four best scores, two firsts (10+10), a third (8) and a fourth (7) they then score a total of 35 points for race one.

France Stay On Top

Last year France won the Volvo Trophy with a total points score of 395 giving them an average of 32.9 points for each of the twelve races. So far after seven races they have a score of 227, a 32.4 points average. Meanwhile last year's runners up in the Volvo Trophy, Great Britain scored 372 points in 2004 at an average of 31 points per race. In Busan, they lie level on 194 points with the USA in second place, scoring at an average of 27.7 points per race. So although the French may not quite be matching their performance of 2004, they are significantly outperforming their closest challengers of last year. However, in race seven Britain posted a perfect score of 40 points giving their team confidence that their best is yet to come.

New Challengers

The USA have been the most improved team of the Championship. Despite having one fewer entrant than last year and competing in only five of the seven events their average race score of 27.7 is almost double their average of last year. All of the American sailors lie within the top six places and after just seven races they have already surpassed their 2004 points total.

Where the USA have prospered, both Australia and New Zealand have suffered. Neither nation currently has a sailor in a gold medal position and both are well down on their Volvo Trophy points average from 2004. After winning in 2003, last year Australia finished third in the Volvo Trophy standings, scoring an average of 28.8 points per race, which has this year dropped to 19.2 points and sees them outside of the top five nations. For New Zealand the news is even worse, as their 2004 average of 19.3 falls to just 9.9 this year.

France, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been the dominant nations at recent ISAF Youth Worlds and are the only four winners of the Volvo Trophy. Neither the USA, nor Spain in fourth place, are out of the running to add their names to that exclusive list. However just below these teams is the encouraging sight of China and Singapore, currently at numbers seven and eight in the Volvo Trophy standings. Not only do they lie above New Zealand, Poland and Germany, but China are just five points behind the Australians, as the Asian challenge begins to make itself felt in Busan.

Volvo Trophy Top 20 After Seven Races

Pos Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 France 35 36 27 34 25 38 32 227
2 Great Britain 20 34 18 25 29 28 40 194
3 USA 28 30 26 33 33 31 13 194
4 Spain 30 23 35 16 31 35 10 180
5 Italy 23 23 23 21 19 19 25 153
6 Australia 18 22 12 22 18 17 26 135
7 China 16 32 14 7 25 13 23 130
8 Singapore 10 2 21 18 21 25 19 116
9 Poland 21 14 17 13 18 18 10 111
10 Germany 17 27 18 11 6 13 16 108
11 Brazil 8 13 12 16 9 16 22 96
12 Israel 10 13 13 11 16 12 17 92
13 Netherlands 6 13 11 21 11 5 9 76
14 New Zealand 13 0 17 10 3 13 13 69
15 Korea 13 11 14 9 6 15 1 69
16 Denmark 14 8 14 0 2 11 17 66
17 Japan 7 5 17 6 17 3 7 62
18 Hong Kong 9 9 7 8 8 5 6 52
19 Switzerland 20 6 11 4 1 0 8 50
20 Cyprus 9 2 9 8 5 6 9 48
ISAF. Image, Who will claim the Volvo Trophy in 2005?:© Peter Bentley
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