In November 1999, ISAF decided that from 2004 onwards there should be a multihull discipline included in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. At the present time, inclusion of a multihull event is at the discretion of the Organising Committee. A multihull discipline was held as a demonstration event in 2001 in Crozon-Morgat, France, during which the Hobie 16 was used.
ISAF has sought invitations from interested classes, with all boats entering required to comply with a set of fundamental criteria, which as an overview requires an average combined crew weight of between 120 and 140 Kg, a gennaker, twin trapezes and be able to be sailed by both male and female crews between the ages of 16 and 19.
As it has long been a tradition that for equality, new boats are provided for competitors at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship and so it has been decided that relevant manufacturers should be able to provide boats at no cost to the organisers of the event.
The Manufacturers and classes currently confirmed to attend the trials are as follows: (Click on the links for further details)
Hobie Cat Europe: Hobie 16 Race/Spi (confirmed)
Hobie Cat Europe: Hobie Concept Boat (confirmed)
Navistrat/KL Catamarans: KL Booster (confirmed)
Performance Sailcraft: Dart 16 (confirmed)
Sirena Catamarans: SL 16 (confirmed)
Nacra: Nacra Blast (confirmed)
There are a further four possible classes and these will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. All the above entries meet the criteria set out in the official invitation, which can be viewed at: http://www.sailing.org/sc.asp?id=Youth_Mulithull_Trials