Youth sailors converge on Cannes for the 2010 Byte CII World Championship to run from 6-11 April 2010.
70 Sailors from 29 Countries have been streaming into the Yacht Club de Cannes for the Byte CII World Championships and Open Youth Olympic Games Qualifier. Many of the sailors have already qualified their countries in their Continental Qualifiers where the highest placed sailors qualified a place for their country but not necessarily themselves.
Some who have now been named to represent their country are here to train, others like the Netherlands Antilles, Bermuda, Holland and Italy are here because the qualified country is using this regatta to pick their male or female sailor for Singapore.
Even the host nation Singapore, (with two automatic spots in the Games), is here in force with four male and four female sailors including 2009 World Champion Darren Choy
and World Women's Champion, Najwa Jumali
. The team is using this as their qualifier whilst sailing against the best the world has to offer. That includes competitors from as far away as New Zealand and Malaysia that have been arriving over the past two weeks to acclimatize for the Championship.
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