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28 April 2005, 12:32 pm
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
San Diego, California, USA

For four young San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) junior sailors, Olympic hopes are definitely alive and well as they look forward to a summer in Korea with the US SAILING Team at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, from 14-23 July.

'I'm directed towards the Olympic path,' says skipper Adam ROBERTS, a senior at Pt. Loma High School (PLHS). 'It's a dream,' says crew Briana PROVANCHA, a sophomore at PLHS. 'I want to qualify and win a medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics,' says crew Nick MARTIN, a junior at PLHS. 'It was a goal of ours to get to this point,' says skipper Megan MAGILL, also a junior at PLHS.

While the long term goal of the Olympics has yet to be reached, the point MAGILL was referring to is the 14-23 July Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Busan, Korea.

The double-handed teams of ROBERTS and MARTIN and MAGILL and PROVANCHA will be representing the United States and in Korea after placing first and second overall at the Club 420 Mid-Winters in Jensen Beach, Florida over President's Weekend.

'Adam and I have raced in the Club 420 Mid-Winters three times now,' said MARTIN. 'This is the first year that we won it. We finished fourth the other two times.'

'I drive the boat and handle the tactics,' said ROBERTS. 'Nick does the rest, he makes it go fast. We had a great time winning the Club 420 Mid-Winters. It was awesome.'

MAGILL and PROVANCHA also put together an awe-inspiring performance as they showed their greatness in the girls division. 'This is the second year that Megan and I have raced in the Club 420 Mid-Winters,' said PROVANCHA. 'We finished in second place overall, but were first in the girls division. We actually finished about tenth to last our first time together.'

'After the second day of the Club 420 Mid-Winters, we were really far ahead of all the other girls,' said MAGILL. 'So we knew we were on our way to qualifying and winning.'

'We were only one point ahead of the next girls team after the first day,' said PROVANCHA. 'After the second day, we were ahead by 39 points. We were 62 points ahead by the third day. The second-highest girls team finished 22nd.'

ROBERTS, MARTIN, MAGILL, and PROVANCHA all appear to be looking ahead to what is awaiting them in Korea. 'I've already been looking at the competition on the Internet,' admitted ROBERTS. 'All of the countries are staying in the same compound.'

'It should have a real Olympic village atmosphere to it,' said MARTIN.

'It's our first world competition or world event,' said MAGILL. 'We're all looking forward to it.'

'I'm excited to be going to South Korea,' said PROVANCHA. 'Andrew CAMPBELL and Rob HALLAWELL will also be going with us. Andrew is our yacht club coach and Rob coaches all of us at Pt. Loma. In fact, Andrew won the gold medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2002.'

'Adam and I were considered the best team in the nation for Pt. Loma each of the past three years,' noted MARTIN. As for the upcoming years, ROBERTS, MARTIN, MAGILL, and PROVANCHA have other goals besides the Summer Olympics.

'I would like to sail the America's Cup maybe one time just to do it,' said MARTIN.

'I wouldn't turn down an invitation to do the America's Cup because it would be a good opportunity and a great honor,' said ROBERTS. Of course, the America's Cup is best known for the SDYC's very own Dennis CONNER (USA) and The Stars & Stripes. 'We see him on a regular basis,' said MARTIN. 'He's from our yacht club. So he's kind of a hero. He's definitely a role model.'

'I look up to guys like Paul FOERSTER (USA) and Kevin BURNHAM (USA) just as much as Dennis CONNER, or even more so,' said ROBERTS. Another role model would be Paul CAYARD (USA). CAYARD sailed the America's Cup this year and also competed in the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece a year ago.

On the girls side, J.J. ISLER (USA) is a famous sailor both MAGILL and PROVANCHA look up to. 'She won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia,' said MAGILL. 'We see her down there (at the SDYC) a lot.'

'She's definitely a role model,' said PROVANCHA. 'Megan and I used to always look at pictures of her.'

ROBERTS, MARTIN, MAGILL, and PROVANCHA can also picture themselves sailing in college. 'Boston College and Maryland have strong programmes on the East Coast,' said MAGILL. 'The West Coast is good for high school, but the East Coast has more colleges. They're a little more into it. It's easier to get a bunch of them together at once to race.'

'I want to go to graduate school,' said PROVANCHA. 'I like the academics at Georgetown.'

'It's competitive on the East Coast,' said MARTIN. 'But the top team is actually Hawaii.'

'I know there'll be good competition waiting if I do go to an East Coast school,' said ROBERTS. 'Boston College would be a top choice.'

MAGILL, for one, realizes that she may have to make some choices of her own. 'I see myself going to the East Coast and generating a lot of high rankings,' she said. 'I'll be thinking about my Olympic campaign. If it pulls me away from college, so be it. I would just have to return to school at a later date.'

One thing ROBERTS, MARTIN, MAGILL, and PROVANCHA all agree on is that sailing will always be a part of their lives. 'The only way I would quit is if I ran out of money,' joked MARTIN. 'Sailing is an expensive sport,' said MAGILL. 'You have to campaign to raise money for your own boat and the traveling expenses. But that won't drive me away from it.'

Rob Stone (As Amended By ISAF). Image, ROBERTS (left) and MARTIN at the recent California International Sailing Association Clinic :©
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