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Bruno MARQUES, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, said, "We're looking forward to welcoming the best young sailors in the world to Buzios for the first ever Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship to be held in South America. Buzios is famous for its beautiful beaches and watersports and during July we have perfect sailing conditions, with slightly cooler temperatures and wind speeds mainly in the 8-16 knot range. We're committed to providing the Youth Worlds with a memorable first visit to South America."
The 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship is part of an exciting year of sailing in the Rio de Janeiro state. Leg five of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race finishes in Rio, with the fleet, which is currently being led by Brazilian sailing superstar Torben GRAEL and the Ericsson 4 team, expected to arrive around the 20 March. Before heading off for Boston on leg six, the Rio In-Port race will give spectators a chance to get a closer view of the VO70s in action.
Youth Worlds Events
Nations can enter a maximum of one team per event at the Youth Worlds and all competitors must be under 19 years old on 31 December 2009 to be eligible to enter. Racing will take place in seven events below. Along with competition in the individual events, the Volvo Trophy, currently held by Great Britain, will be awarded to the top-performing nation at the Championship.
2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Events
Boy's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Girl's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Boy's Two Person Dinghy - 420
Girl's Two Person Dinghy - 420
Boy's Windsurfer - RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
Girl's Windsurfer - RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
Open Multihull - Hobie 16 with Spinnaker
Athlete Participation Programme
ISAF's Athlete Participation Programme (APP) will again provide funding to assist sailors from developing sailing nations with entry and travel costs. ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) have already been sent details on the 2009 APP and should note the deadline for funding applications is 15 December 2008. Find out more at www.sailing.org/app.
Although the 2009 edition of the Youth Worlds is the first to be held in South America, the continent has already made a significant impact on the Championship. Many young South American sailors demonstrated their potential with medal-winning performances at the Youth Worlds before going on to achieve success at the very highest level of the sport. Brazil's Robert SCHEIDT, won gold in the Laser at the 1991 Youth Worlds in Largs and has since won two gold and two silver medals at the Olympic Games as well as eight World Championship titles in the Laser and another in the Star class. Brazilian windsurfer Ricardo SANTOS is another Youth Worlds winner who has gone on to record World Championship gold at the senior level.
Looking towards the future, Brazil will be aiming to build on the success of the young team that recorded one of their best-ever performance in the Volvo Trophy standings at the 2008 Youth Worlds. The Brazilian youngsters certainly have all the right credentials; 29er helm in 2008 was Martine GRAEL, daughter of Torben GRAEL, Brazil's five-time Olympic medallist and the skipper of the Ericsson 4 team which currently sits on top of the leaderboard for the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race.
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