The venue for the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship will be the Atakoy Marina, located on the European Coast of Istanbul at the southern end of the Bosphorus Strait. The Marina falls within the Bakirköy district of Istanbul, and is very well connected being just 8km from Atatürk International Airport. In 2010 Istanbul will also be the joint European cultural capital.
The racing area will be the Marmara Sea which should provide ideal sailing conditions for the championship. The predominant wind conditions in July are from the north east at a speed between 10 and 15 knots. Temperatures vary between 25ºC and 30ºC during the day and around 20ºC at night time. The sea water temperature in the summer is between 23ºC and 25ºC.
Event Director Gülden Aktugan said: "The city of Istanbul is looking forward to welcoming the world's elite youth sailors. We are very busy with the preparations at the Atakoy Marina where the dinghy parks, regatta village and entertainment stage will all be located. We are also celebrating Istanbul as Europe's joint Cultural Capital for 2010 and the Youth Worlds will be the centre piece for the summer's sporting events and are working hard to encourage spectators to visit the venue and join in the festivities."
The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship not only provides the top young sailors from around the world with a chance to shine on the international stage - it also gives the sailing world a sneak preview of its future stars. Competitors from past ISAF Youth World Championships have gone on to hit the heights in every aspect of the diverse world of sailing. Just a couple of today's superstars who include a Youth World medal in their trophy cabinet are four-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts (NZL), triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie (GBR) and double Olympic Gold medallist Robert Scheidt (BRA).
Eight events will be contested at the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship (listed below). Alongside the individual events, the prestigious Volvo Trophy, currently held by France, will be awarded to the top performing nation at the championship.
The eight events at the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship:
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 rig & 60cm fin
Girl's Windsurfer - RS:X with 8.5m2 rig & 60cm fin
Open Multihull - Sirena SL16
Open High Performance Dinghy - 29er
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