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31 March 2005, 03:39 pm
Stars Of The Future Prepare
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

Young sailors across the world will be preparing a trip to Korea in July aiming to follow in the footsteps of many sailing heroes by claiming the title, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion.
From 14-23 July young sailors will be competing on the waters of Suyong Bay in Busan, Korea. After two days of measurement, boat allocation and practice, racing commences on the 16 July in seven classes: the Single-handed dinghy for boys in the Laser Standard; the Single-handed dinghy for girls in the Laser Radial; the Double-handed dinghy for boys and the Double-handed dinghy for girls in the International 420; the Multihulled open in the Hobie 16 Spi and; the Windsurfer for boys and the Windsurfer for girls in the Mistral. The final race is scheduled to take place on the morning of the 22 July followed by the closing ceremony that evening. As well as ISAF gold, silver and bronze medals going to the top three in each event the top-scoring national authority will be awarded with the Volvo Trophy.

The list of past medal winners of the ISAF Youth World Championship reads like a who's who of today's most famous sailing names. Past winners of the ISAF Youth Youth Championship include Britain's two-time Olympic champion and twice ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Ben AINSLIE; the famous and super-successful trio of New Zealand match racers Russell COUTTS, Chris DICKSON and Dean BARKER; another two time Olympic champion and twice ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Brazilian Robert SCHEIDT; 1998 ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Carolijn BROUWER (NED); and current Olympic and ISAF World Champion in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR). Even in this small list is included no less than six Olympic gold medals and countless national, continental and world titles.

For speculators one of the most fascinating classes is sure to be the Laser Radial. Since the Radial has replaced the Europe as the Olympic equipment for the Single-Handed Dinghy Women there has been a massive shift of sailors to the boat. However, the Radial had already been used at previous ISAF Youth World Championships and so far it has been the young sailors graduating from the youth events who are now dominating the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. With Olympic gold medallist in the Single-Handed Dinghy Women, Siren SUNDBY, switching to the Double-Handed Dinghy, the 2008 Olympic gold medal looks very much like an open field. Even at this early stage though favourites are emerging.

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Paige RAILEY on her way to victory at the
Princess Sofia Trophy 2005
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One of them is certain to be in Korea and competing in her fourth ISAF Youth World Championship. America's 2003 ISAF Youth World Champion, Paige RAILEY, has had a terrific start to the season, sweeping to victory in all three ISAF Graded events she has entered, including a crushing 32 point victory in the recent Princess Sofia Trophy in Spain. However, despite her success so far this season RAILEY is yet to come up against the Australasian contingent of young sailors, including 2004 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship runner up Jo ALEH (NZL), who lie above her in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Competition she will surely have to defeat if she is to repeat her feat of two years ago.

After the entry deadline tomorrow a full lineup of the competitors will reveal what other challenges Paige has in store, and which stars of the future (and the present) will be aiming for ISAF medals in the other events.

ISAF. Image, The 420 Girls In 2004:© 1999-2005 Zeroboard / skin by daerew
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