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13 July 2005, 04:12 pm
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

The host nation Korea will be fielding a complete team of ten sailors at this year's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship taking place on Suyong Bay, Busan.
2005 marks Korea's tenth appearance at the ISAF Youth Worlds, an anniversary they will be looking to celebrate with their first ever Championship medal. Before 1996 the nation had never appeared at the ISAF Youth Worlds but since the 1996 Championship in Rhode Island, USA, they have been ever presents.

This year their team features an equal mixture of ISAF Youth World rookies and competitors from last year in Gdynia, Poland.

Kyunghwan LEE finished 16 in the windsurfer boys event in 2004 and will be aiming to build on that experience in an event that has so far given Asian nations their greatest success. The other experienced members of the Korean team come in the two double-handed dinghy events. Hawewn LIM and Youngmi KIM return for their second ISAF Youth Worlds after last year finishing 24.

Soohyung SEO and Sungmin CHO will enter this year's Championship as one of Korea's biggest hopes for their inaugural medal. Last year the pair ended up in tenth place overall after sailing an inconsistent series which included six top five finishes. If SEO and CHO can remove some of the mistakes that cost them dear in Gdynia then they could find themselves right amongst the battle for honours on their home waters.

The Korean Youth World Team:

  • Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser
    Sungjin PARK
  • Single-handed dinghy girls - Laser Radial
    Haedeun PARK
  • Double-handed dinghy boys - 420
    Soohyung SEO and Sungmin CHO
  • Double-handed dinghy girls - 420
    Hawewn LIM and Youngmi KIM
  • Multihull open - Hobie 16
    Hyunam KO and Sein YOON
  • Windsurfer boys - Mistral
    Kyunghwan LEE
  • Windsurfer girls - Mistral
    Minjung KANG

The team will be lead by Soonahn JOO with Sangseok KIM and Dongwoo LEE as coaches.

ISAF. Image, Hawewn LIM and Youngmi KIM will be aiming to put their experience of last year's Championship to good use on Suyong Bay:© Peter Bentley
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