Qualifying complete for Youth Olympics
Published on June 22nd, 2018
After 11 months of international events, the qualification phase has concluded for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Across 16 regattas, 43 nations booked their spot on the start line, joining Argentina who qualify for all five events as host nation. Buenos Aires 2018 will feature exactly 100 sailors aged 15-18 competing across Windsurfing, Kiteboarding and Multihull Events.
As the nations start to name the sailors who will compete in Buenos Aires, World Sailing has released the Notice of Race for the 2018 YOG.
The Notice of Race states the key conditions for the five sailing events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and includes details on the rules, regulations, entry guidelines, format, scoring, schedule, venue and courses.
Buenos Aires will see the introduction of innovation amid the events which will use the Techno 293+ windsurfer, IKA Twin Tip kiteboard, and Nacra 15 catamaran.
The Windsurfer fleets will sail slalom and fleet racing courses whilst the Kiteboarding fleets will race on short track boarder cross with obstacles on the racing area. The Mixed Multihull fleet will sail course races close to the shore.
About the Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games brings 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes who are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.
At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, Ian Barrows (ISV) and Lara Vadlau (AUT) won gold on the Boys and Girls One Person Dinghy, Byte CII, whilst Mayan Rafic (ISR) and Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) took the honours in the Boys and Girls Windsurfer, Techno 293.
Nanjing, China hosted the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Singaporean sailors Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom made it double gold for their nation in the Byte CII. Argentina’s Francisco Saubidet Birkner and China’s Linli Wu took the honours in the Techno 293.
Buenos Aires will welcome sailors across five events in 2018. The Men’s and Women’s Techno293 Plus fleets will feature 24 athletes each, the Kiteboarding events will welcome 12 in each fleet and the Nacra 15 will see 14 boats and 28 athletes on the startline.
Source: World Sailing