The Federacao Brasileira de Vela e Motor are sending a full team of ten sailors to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which begins in Busan, Korea tomorrow.
The Brazilian Youth World Team was chosen back in March following qualifying races in Porto Alegre. Daniel JAKOBSSON
is appearing at his second ISAF Youth Worlds in the Laser. Last year in Gdynia, Poland the 18 year old finished twelfth overall after sailing a very consistent series with only one finish outside the top 20. He will go to Busan in a confident mood having recently overcome more than 25 sailors to win the Rio de Janeiro State Championship. Unlike JAKOBSSON
, Fernanda DECNOP in the Laser Radial will be making her ISAF Youth Worlds debut this year. She comes from Niterói, on Guanabara Bay close to Rio de Janeiro, a home city she share with Brazil's sailing superstar, Torben GRAEL.
Mariana BASILIO and Gabriela BIEKARCK form the double-handed dinghy girls' team in the 420. The pair have been sailing together for one year and again have links to the Brazilian sailing hierarchy, with BIEKARCK the daughter of Robert SCHEIDT's coach, Claudio BIEKARCK. Marco ADLER and Bruno LEAL FARIA form the other double-handed dinghy team. Felipe FREY and Bruno FREY will return to the ISAF Youth Worlds with their aim set firmly on a podium place in the multihull open event. Last year they finished sixth overall, just a point outside the top five.
The Brazilian team also features two experienced sailors in the Mistral fleets. Catarina FREITAS returns for her second ISAF Youth Worlds, whilst Fernando PASQUALIM will be back for his fourth ISAF Youth Worlds, a Brazilian record. Both have been getting expert advice in the build up to the Championship after training with 2005 Mistral World Championship runner up and two time ISAF Youth Worlds winner, Ricardo SANTOS (BRA).
The Brazilian Youth World Team:
- Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser
- Single-handed dinghy girls - Laser Radial
- Double-handed dinghy boys - 420
Marco ADLER and Bruno LEAL FARIA
- Double-handed dinghy girls - 420
Mariana BASILIO and Gabriela BIEKARCK
- Multihull open - Hobie 16
Felipe FREY and Bruno FREY
- Windsurfer boys - Mistral
- Windsurfer girls - Mistral
The team will be lead by Walter BÖDDENER, with Gustavo HARADA and Guilherme BORN acting as coaches.