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18 June 2010, 12:51 pm
Turkey Announces Team For Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish National Sailing Team has unveiled the youth sailors that will represent Turkey at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.
A total of 348 sailors and 253 boats from 63 countries are set to compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul from 8 - 17 July, 2010. The event has been held in 23 countries over the past 40 years, but it is the first time Istanbul has hosted the championship.

All the competition is in supplied equipment across eight events and all competitors must be under the age of 19 on 31 December of the year of the Championship. World champions will be identified for each event for both boy's and girl's divisions.

The Turkish National Sailing Team has been undertaking a comprehensive training programme and will get the chance to experience racing against the best youth sailors from 63 different countries.


Turkish National Sailing Team

Two Person Dinghy
420 Girl's Ipeknaz Özden Deniz Gökmeral Istanbul Sailing Club
420 Boy's Cem Aydin Vokkan Turan Istanbul Sailing Club
Team Leader Ayda Gürsel
One Person Dinghy
Laser Radial Girl's Ecem Güzel Era Bodrum Sailing Club
Laser Radial Boy's Levent Ahiskali Gokova Sailing Club
Class Coach Ismail Uzunlar
Windsurfer - RS:X
RS:X Girl's Simla Cilingiroglu Galatasaray Sailing Branch
RS:X Boy's Korhan Ezer Ayvalik Sailing Club
Class Coach Jochem Brenninkmeyer
Multihull - SL16
SL16 Open Ilber Gündüz Teoman Ünlü Cesme Sailing Club


The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship is the world's premier event for youth sailing. The regatta is one of the projects of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. The Youth Worlds are organized by Turkish Sailing Federation with the support of GSGM (General Directorate of Youth and Sports), Spor-toto Organizations, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Beyoglu Municipality.

The Opening Ceremony will take place in Haskoy on the former Galata Bridge on 9 July. Halic will have a great significance for the ceremony of Mixing Waters. Leaving the message of love, peace and unity, this meaningful ceremony will come true in Istanbul's Antique Bay Halic by the pouring of the waters that are brought from each country by the participants.

The Championship will hold a festival of activities with music and entertainment at the event area next to the event village.

This Championship will be the most comprehensive sailing regatta organized in Turkey with a group of over 1250 people coming from abroad, 350 on the water and shore based employees, more than 60 official boats for race management, 100 volunteers and 25 international media teams, television production teams and overseas publicity all providing a showcase for the city of Istanbul.

While 'Volvo Ocean Race' is the title sponsor of the Championship, the Championship in Istanbul is supported by Opet, I-Marine, Dati Holding, Atakoy Marine as co-sponsor, Shop&Miles, Garanti Emeklilik as support sponsors and Yatch Turkiye, Power FM as media sponsors.

Besides being current owner of the Volvo Trophy, The Champions of 2009, France has been the kings of the competition from the beginning of the Championship, winning the Volvo trophy 10 times, France is the record holder with a total of 62 medals, including 20 gold, 27 silver and 15 bronze.

Istanbul welcomes the opportunity to showcase the city by organising a successful sailing event and demonstrating the city's ability to host more prestigious major events in the future.

2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Categories

Event Equipment Total Boats
One Person Dinghy Boys Laser Radial 56
One Person Dinghy Girls Laser Radial 51
Two Person Dinghy Boys 420 36
Two Person Dinghy Girls 420 28
Windsurfer Boys RS:X 31
Windsurfer Girls RS:X 19
Multihull Open Sirena SL16 12
High Performance Dinghy Open 29er 18


For more details on the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship visit: www.isafyouthworlds.com

Fore more details on the Turkish Sailing Federation: www.tyf.org.tr

Volvo Youth Worlds Facebook site: www.facebook.com/pages/VolvoYouthWorlds/93806273347

Volvo Youth Worlds YouTube: www.Youtube.com/VolvoYouthWorlds

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