Nathan OUTTERIDGE (AUS) and Elise RECHICHI (AUS) have dominated the boys' and girls' double-handed dinghy events in recent years. RECHICHI took silver with Rashele MARTIN (AUS) in 2002 and followed it up with gold a year later with the same crew, and then with another gold in the competition in Gdynia, Poland last year, this time with crew Tessa PARKISON (AUS). OUTTERIDGE's record is even more impressive with three straight golds, last year with Iain JENSEN and in the two preceding years with Ayden MENZIES.
|No one has been able to match
the Aussie teams in recent years
© Peter Bentley
Great Britain have also proved one of the strongest contenders in the double-handed dinghy events in recent years, scoring two medals last year and winning the last non-Australian gold thanks to Pippa WILSON and Jenny MARKS back in 2002. Tom MALINDINE and James CLARK and Hannah MILLS and Peggy WEBSTER go to Busan as ISAF Youth World rookies and will be aiming to break the Australian stranglehold on the event.
|No nation has more double-
handed dingy medals than
France, but lately Australia
have kept them in the silver
© Peter Bentley
Nobody would love to knock Australia off their perch more than the Kiwi team. Despite their general success at the ISAF Youth Worlds the New Zealand teams in the double-handed dinghy events have usually found it tough going. With the exception of their Nations Cup winning year of 2002, New Zealand have failed to achieve medals in the last five Championships. This year Olivia POWRIE has moved from the 420 to the Laser Radial leaving the way clear for Georgina HILL and Michelle KENNEDY to make their debut at the ISAF Youth Worlds along with Peter BURLING and Bruce KENNEDY.
|Ricky and Brennan ROBINSON
will be aiming to put their
experience of last year's
Championship to good effect
© Peter Bentley
In the girls event Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD (FRA) will be on the start line on Suyong Bay looking to improve on their ninth place in Gdynia. Spain's Tara PACHECO VAN RIJNSOAVE will also be at her second ISAF Youth Worlds, this time with new crew Gabriel UTRERA THOMPSON.
The end of June saw thousands of sailors gather in Kiel, Germany for the Kieler Woche. The Indian team of Farokh TARAPORE and Vikas KAPILA took victory in the 420 event. Behind this pair, a host of the ISAF Youth World's competitors were fighting it out for podium places with Germany's new 420 girls team of Jenna WOLF and Teresa HEMMETER winning the battle for second place. They scored a bullet and two seconds to trail TARAPORE and KAPILA by just two points. Two points behind them the British girls team of MILLS and WEBSTER secured third. The British pair had an outstanding start to the week with bullets in both the opening races, but then struggled to recapture that form in the later races. France's 420 girls team of BOSSARD and LUMEAU came in fifth thanks to a bullet in the final race.
The American challenge cannot be ignored either with Adam ROBERTS and Nick MARTIN and Megan MAGILL and Briana PROVANCHA looking to improve upon the USA's recent performances in the double-handed events. They too will be amongst a host of sailors appearing at their first ISAF Youth Worlds in Busan. With the champions of the past moving on, 2005 will see new winners in the two double-handed dinghy events for the first time in three years. With the most successful nations at the ISAF Youth Worlds all sending rookie crews, 2005 looks set to be an interesting year in the double-handed dinghy events.
Tomorrow, 6 July ISAF will bring you a preview of the Multihull open event.