Youth Sailing Worlds comes to USA

Published on July 11th, 2018

American and Australian sailors in the Laser Radial and 420 fleets will return to defend their Youth Sailing World Championships title next week at the 48th edition in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Three hundred eighty-two of the world’s finest young sailors under the age of 19 will be sailing across nine fleets including the Open Multihull – Nacra 15 and the Boy’s and Girl’s 420, RS:X, 29er and Laser Radial.

Held July 16-20, the Youth Sailing World Championships is the pinnacle event for young sailors and 66 nations will be represented across five days of racing.

Charlotte Rose (USA) claimed a hard earned Laser Radial Girl’s gold in 2017, finishing equal on points with Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) but taking gold based on her five race victories to the Uruguayans one.

Rose is the only returnee from the top five at the 2017 edition and will benefit from sailing on her home waters.

The American racer sails out of Houston Yacht Club in Texas, some 420km along the coast but for her it will feel like it’s coming home.

Rose’s main rivals from 2017 have all aged out and the American will certainly be favourite to retain her title. Her main rivals come in the form of Italy’s Federica Cattarozzi and Russia’s Valeriya Lomatchenko who won silver and bronze in April at the 2018 Laser Radial Youth European Championships in Balatonfoldvar, Hungary.

Both the Italian and Russian sailors have experience of racing at the Youth Worlds, sailing in Sanya, China last year and will be pushing for the podium. The Laser Radial Girl’s fleet will feature 46 nations and behind the Laser Radial Boy’s is the second largest fleet in Texas.

American hopes we also be pinned on sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles in the 420 Girl’s. The duo dominated the 420 fleet in 2017, finishing outside of the top two just once – a disqualification in race one.

The Cowles sisters will come up against some familiar faces in 2018. France’s Violette Dorange and Camille Orion claimed a hard earned silver medal in 2017 and will be back, aiming to overhaul the Americans.

Israel’s Yael Steigman was crew for Linoy Korn in 2017 and returns in 2018 with new helm, Gal Zukerman. Steigman finished one point off the podium in Sanya and will be aiming to make amends in Corpus Christi. Further returnees include Switzerland’s Solène Mariani and Maude Schmid who came eighth in 2017.

The final team returning in 2018 is Australia’s Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone in the 420 Boy’s. Henry and Featherstone overcame America’s Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth on the final day of the competition in 2017. Trailing them by a single point ahead of the final race, the Australians stuck to their game plan and picked up gold.

Rice and Bornarth will not be in Corpus Christi. Walter Henry and Joseph Hermus will pick up the baton for the American team, aiming to overhaul the Australians on their home waters.

Israel’s Noam Homri won bronze with Ido Bilik in 2017 and he’ll make his second Youth Worlds appearance with new team mate Tal Sade.

Further competition will be held in the Laser Radial Boy’s, Girl’s and Boy’s 29er, Girl’s and Boy’s RS:X as well as the Open Multihull, the Nacra 15.

The Theme of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship is Sustainability and Ocean Conservation. In collaboration with Official Sustainability Partner, 11th Hour Racing, it will be the first World Sailing event to include an environmental focus in a World Championship.

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About the Youth Worlds:
The Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships will be the 48th edition of the championship.

As the regatta evolved further classes were added to bring the best young sailing talent across the world together in one place and in 1984 the Mistral windsurfer was added to the list of events with Knut Budig (GER) taking the first gold medal in San Diego, California.

Past notable winners include American’s Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Iain Jensen (AUS), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Amelie Lux (GER), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Iain Percy (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Elise Rechichi (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson (AUS); Volvo Ocean Race sailors like Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN).

Source: World Sailing

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