Preview: Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Published on September 30th, 2018
Held every four years, 2018 will mark the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, which are expected to include nearly 4,000 athletes aged 15-18 from over 200 nations. The sailing events are expected to include over 100 athletes on October 6-8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Racing will be held in five events:
Windsurfing – Girls and Boys (Techno 293 Plus)
Kitesurfing – Girls and Boys (IKA Twin Tip Racing)
Two-Person Multihull – Mixed (Nacra 15)
About the Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes, bringing together young athletes aged between 15 and 18 every four years. Like the Olympic Games, there are two editions – winter and summer – which are held every two years alternately.
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 2018 brings 28 sports together on October 6-18 and will welcome sailors across five events. 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 start line.