Bahamian Sailor Christopher Sands Reports On His Experience At The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul
Sixteen year old Christopher Sands proudly represented The Bahamas in the Boys Laser Radial division at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul. He is now back from Turkey with plenty of souvenirs and the good feeling to have learned a lot and built up his sailing experience.
"After eight hard and exciting races, four days of travelling and 24 hours flight delay my trip to Istanbul is over"
says Christopher Sands. "The competition was tough and everybody was very friendly."
Racing in the highly competitive Laser Radial boys division, Christopher describes his experience,
"In the very first race I had a good start and was able to round the top mark in second position, only to be yellow flagged on the reaching leg. I rounded the bottom mark in about seventh position and managed to lose three more boats. Overall I finished 10th which was a really good race and was my best of the regatta."
Chris finished the championship in the 28th position overall in a fleet of 50 boats despite two disqualifications. He ranked 10 in two of the races, 16, 23, 33 and 45 in the others.
"The Volvo Youth Worlds is probably one of the best junior events because the sailing is great and very competitive but also everybody loves to have fun."
"All in all I really hope that we [BSA] can send a bigger team next year to Zadar, Croatia and I would like to thank everyone who made this possible and particularly ISAF and the APP program team"
. concludes Christopher.
Chris started sailing when he was 10. In the last six years, he participated in the junior sailing program of the Bahamas Sailing Association, in various local and national regattas in The Bahamas and in international events in the United States. On Wednesday (21 July), Christopher will be leaving Nassau again to participate to the CAC Games in Puerto Rico in the Sunfish Class.??
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