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Race Day 5 Report

Hopes of landing Ireland’s first Youth Sailing World Championship medal since 1996 were kept very much alive today by National YC Dun Laoghaire’s Finn Lynch when the young Laser Radial helm responded perfectly to the requests of his experienced coach and delivered an eighth and fourth on the penultimate day’s racing at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship on Dublin Bay. 

Whilst many of his key rivals in the 58 boat Laser Radial Boys fleet struggled for such consistency across another two challenging races in moderate 8-13kts breezes, Lynch elevated himself to third place overall with just one final race scheduled tomorrow (Friday). 

First and second steps on the podium are very much out of reach for the 16 year old helm who is racing at his first Youth Sailing World Championship and he faces a tough showdown with the Norwegian Hermann Tomasgaard who is only one point behind.  While Lynch has risen to the occasion, sailing a mature regatta considering his years, Tomaasgard is the reigning Laser Radial Youth World Champion and was one of the favourites to lift this ISAF Youth Sailing World title. 

“Those results were pretty good by comparison.” Smiled Lynch, “ I was trying to risk a bit more again today so that I can get up there, and that seemed to work. I think I was smart enough in my risks though. I was in 15th in the first race and caught up to seventh which was good.”

“ Then in the second race I went all out for the pin end of the start line and won it and so I felt good from there.” 

Lynch is certain he has felt no home advantage:  “ I really have not felt that comfortable at all, not in any of the races just because it has been so unpredictable. I had some luck today. “

“ It is so unpredictable I can go out there and get a 40th tomorrow, so I will just concentrate on the same things and try and get a result.”

“ It has been a great event. I have not felt so on top of the weather because it has been so changeable, but it feels really good now today. Now there is so much support for me it is really nice and it all helps. I feel like I have a bit of momentum going into tomorrow. There has been no extra pressure and I feel like I have peaked at the right time, peaking towards the end of the regatta.” 

In the Laser Radial Girls class Ireland’s Sophie Murphy remains in 14th place after a mixed day on the water. After concentrating on her school studies this winter and spring she has raced fewer regattas than many of her rivals, but nonetheless has remained solid in the top third of the fleet. 

The young Cork 420 duo of Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts lie 15th after finishing their penultimate day with a seventh, though a bad start in the earlier race left them struggling to a 21st. 

“We were dead on the start line, left behind with no speed which was not good. But the second race was so much better.” Said Roberts. 

With one race left scheduled to be sailed two titles have already been decided. First ashore to the Royal St George YC slipway were the young Barcelona duo of Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel who successfully defended the 29er skiff class title that they won last year in Croatia. 

And in the SL16 catamaran class GBR’s Rupert White and Tom Britz, current overall world champions in the class, secured the gold medal with a flourish, winning both races today to set up an unassailable lead. 

White, grandson of 1976 Oympic Tornado gold medallist Reg White, won bronze in this class last year in Croatia with a different crew. 



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Race Day 4 Report

Rather than simply pressing for ultimate consistency, as they entered the second half of the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, sailors representing Ireland sought to push harder and take a few more risks, looking to finish the regatta on Friday with a clutch of single figure results in their scoreline. 

In very varied conditions across the two races sailed today, they were largely rewarded, particularly in the Laser Radial class where Finn Lynch sailed to his best result of the regatta so far, with a third in the first race of the day. His best score was then matched neatly in the second race for the girls Radial class by Sophie Murphy. 

While she paired her third to a solid 13th in the first race to lie 14th overall in the 42 boat fleet Lynch paid a heavy price in the second race when he was among the seven sailors disqualified for being over the start line early. 

In fact Lynch was in good company, the US Sailing Team’s Mitchell Kiss was disqualified for the same rules infringement in the first race, admitting later that he too was out to take a few more risks to try and ease further clear of the pack. 

The Irish sailor arrived back at the dock in the Royal St George very disappointed, but objective. He was more frustrated at having proven himself so well in the first race and then losing the chance of a repeat performance in the second race, than the effect his DSQ had on his scoreline. 

He effectively spends his discard but lies in an excellent eighth overall, still within striking distance – 11 points – of the medals with three races still scheduled to be completed. 

Lynch reported: “ I had a good first race, got up to third on the final downwind and so, overall, it was a pretty good result. As for the Black Flag it is not too much of a problem I have a good discard, better than most around me, and so it is not too bad really, it should not affect me too much.” 

“ I think I have been pretty solid so far, now I need to start to get a few good results in, to get right up to the top. I don’t feel like I have lost anything so far.”

Winds continued to be frustrating on Dublin Bay. Though the first race was sailed in 11-14 kts there were big shifts in direction but for the second contest, it died away to four knots at times as ominous clouds rolled across the course area, finally bringing another downpour. But a light winds finish to the Championship are expected as high pressure is finally expected to bring sunshine as well. Lynch says he has no concerns in lighter conditions:  “ I really don’t look at the forecast too much. All I really need to be doing is thinking what’s going to happen when I stand up in my boat two minutes before the start. That is the only time I need to worry or think about what’s going to happen with the weather.” 

The young duo in the 420 boys class, Cork’s Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts lie 14th overall after a 19th and ninth today: “ We had a really bad start in the first race, on the line too early and could not accelerate.” Recalled crew Roberts, “ We have been disappointed with the first two days but we are getting better.” 

In the 29er class Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay are 10th in the 15 boat fleet which is lead by the British duo, world champions Rupert White and Tom Britz.

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Rest Day Report

As they look to improve their overall positions Ireland’s young sailors at the Four Star Pizza 2012 ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Dun Laoghaire were warned to stay away from the championships venue, to switch off and enjoy the scheduled rest day which marks the midpoint of the regatta. 

“They all need to consider that Wednesday is effectively a new start to the regatta, put behind them what has gone on for them so far, and concentrate on putting in their best performances and enjoy the event being in Dublin for what it is, not for what it can be for them.” Explained Ireland’s team leader Milan Vujansinovic, who has ten years of experience as one of Croatia’s top Laser dinghy sailors. “In the main we have a very young team here who should be looking to their future rather than where they will finish.” 

At the regatta which has attracted 61 different nations to race on Dublin Bay, Finn Lynch, lying in eighth place in the Laser Radial class still represents Ireland’s best chance of a medal. 

“Finn is only 16 and so very young for this class still. He has five races to go and if he can average a top five in the final races, then he can still medal. He has that ability for sure. Everything is open. He has had bad luck in a couple of races and has always been having to come up through the fleet.” 

So too in the 420 Boys, the Royal Cork YC’s Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts are also at the younger end of the under 19 age range, racing at their first major world championships together. In the 30 boat class they lie 17th after seven races. 
“The boys are very young, 14 and 15, and they are not expected to make great results and so they are in the middle of the fleet, more or less. They can really improve a few places, but when the guys they are racing against are 17 or 18, that represents a big gap in terms of experience and physically.” 

The team leader who finished fourth in the Laser European championships last year and was ranked top 10 in the world emphasized, “ From here they all need to look at it as the start of the regatta when they go back on the water Wednesday. Everybody is thinking like it is over and there are three days to go. It is very open.”

True to their leaders advice, the Irish youngsters spent the afternoon bowling before eating early and maximizing their rest ahead of racing resuming tomorrow (Wednesday)

“ It is very good for them to be getting this experience at this level, but really they are looking to years ahead, for example to be qualifying for the Olympics in and making results in 2020.”

Ironically, Tuesday’s rest day at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships saw moderate breezes and more pleasant temperatures. Racing continues Wednesday when winds are expected to build again.

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Race Day 3 Report

Mother Nature was not content merely to throw more testing westerly offshore winds at the 343 Olympians of the future racing in the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. For today’s two races, held on this third day of the competition, the under 19-year-old sailors who have descended from 61 nations as far flung as Belarus, Macedonia, Peru and Korea, faced the additional challenges of torrential rain and, at times, reduced visibility. 

“The first race was okay, but it was like so inconsistent again,” said Irish hope Sophie Murphy, who, after scoring a 13-20 today, lies 16th overall in the 42 strong Laser Radial Girl’s fleet.  “A lot of the top people were at the bottom and vica versa, so it was trying to do damage limitation up each beat.” 

In the second race the wind had built greatly, to the extent that on the last downwind leg many of these skill teenage competitors capsized and went swimming as their tender singlehanded dinghies were overwhelmed. “In the top 20 there were something like seven capsizes downwind,” said Murphy. “There were about five in front of me at the leeward mark so I was trying to avoid them and then I capsized but luckily it was a quick one, because some people went from 11th to 23rd just by capsizing.” 

Despite knowing these waters well, Murphy said that today it was difficult to read the conditions, the gusts and the shifting breeze. “You could kind of seeing it coming, but with those clouds it was very hard to tell what is coming and some of them move quite slowly at funny angles.”

Tuesday is a ‘lay day’, a day off for the United Nations-style line-up of crews competing here in Dun Laoghaire. Murphy says she hopes not to do a lot. “I’ll do as little as I can physically as possible...”

Elsewhere Finn Lynch continues to have the best result across the Irish contenders, holding eighth place overall in the 58 strong Laser Radial Boys’ fleet after a tough day when he scored 24-16.  However the leaders – Mitchell Kiss from the USA, Russian Maximum Nikolaev and Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard – are racing away with Kiss now some 40 points ahead of Lynch. 

One place behind Lynch in the SL16 catamaran, but where only 15 teams are competing, are Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay, who performed the best of the Irish sailors today, finishing 11th and 7th in their two races. 
“The first race was very difficult - the wind just seemed to be very very random, it seemed to come down in patches,” said Rumball. “I felt the key to the day was keeping your head out of the boat, helm and crew working in unison together, taking in all the information and making a decision on it.” In race two Rumball reckoned they achieved this, and were able to spot the shifts better, after they also had managed to get a better start.  

As to their day off tomorrow Rumball said that they had to try and not lose focus. “Keep the foot on the pedal, see what the rest of the week brings...” Rumball and McStay’s boat is parked next door to the overall SL16 race leaders, Rupert White and Tom Britz from the UK. White is grandson of the 1976 Tornado catamaran Olympic Gold medallist, Reg. Despite the variable conditions White and Britz have scored four wins in the seven races held to date. 

Lying 12th in the 29er skiff, brothers Sean and Tadgh Donnelly, had a tough day in the variable conditions, with a 20-13. “We didn’t get on too well in the first race at all, had a bit of a shocker to be honest,” admitted Tadgh. “We didn’t get a clean start, and never really got back from that, we couldn’t cover...” They are hoping for better results when racing resumes on Wednesday, provided it’s not 30 knots, says Sean, the helmsman of the duo. 

Ireland’s 420 Boys’ representatives, Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts from Cork, also had a tough day scoring a 16th and a 23rd – the latter their worse result, that is now their discard. “It wasn’t the best,” admitted Crosbie of how today unfolded. “I think it was just our tactics and where we went on the first beat. It was a disaster. It wasn’t great at all.” Crosbie added that they had struggled to keep the boat up to speed and powered up in the very variable conditions when at times Roberts would be trapezing hard and at other times would be standing inside the boat during a lull. 

Irish team leader, Croat Milan Vujasinovic gave his assessment at the halfway stage of this, the top annual event in the youth sailing calendar. “The results are not bad, but I thought we could do better today in these windy conditions. I was watching the Radials - Sophie had an average day, which was expected in this stronger breeze, but I expected more from Finn. In the first race he was really unlucky with some wind shifts in the first upwind leg and in the second race he was in the top five in 25 knots of breeze when he capsized – so, not good. Looking at the results there are still a lot of chances to get a good result. There are five more races and in these shifty conditions, anything is possible.” 

Tomorrow is a day off for the competitors at the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. Racing will resume on Wednesday when two races are scheduled, starting at 1200. 

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Race Day 2 Report

If conditions were challenging yesterday, they were even more so on day two of the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Dun Laoghaire. A westerly to southwesterly breeze, blowing off the town was making the wind both shifty and gusty out on the water for the 343 potential future Olympians, who have congregated in the emerald isle from all four corners of the globe. One squall passed over the fleet measuring 25 knots. 

Despite the testing conditions on the water, today competitors in the eight classes all completed three races and having completed five races in total have now been able to discard their worst result. 

Ireland’s  Finn Lynch had a challenging day in the Laser Radial Boy’s fleet where at the end of day two he lies ninth of 58 boats. “I’m thinking that yesterday was easier, but it was pretty tricky both days so far - shifty and unpredictable,” said Lynch, adding of his results: “It was not great, it could have been better, but it was okay.” The 16-year-old from Carlow scored a 14-16-22, the final being his discard. 

The big squall struck the 420 Men’s fleet on the first beat of their second race bringing with it a huge shift in wind direction. “I couldn’t do anything about it,” said Lynch, who said that thankfully afterwards he had managed to claw back positions. “I think it’s pretty good we’ve got all the races in. Its lots of fun - I’m enjoying it so far.”

Despite the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships being the number one event of the year for all sailors of 18 and under, because it is in his home port, Lynch says it feels “a bit odd.” Normally when sailing at a major regatta he has to travel abroad. “It doesn’t really feel like going to a World Championships, being just 40 minutes from my house.”

In theory local Dun Laoghaire sailors competing at this event should be able to benefit from local knowledge, but Lynch says this has yet to benefit him. “There’s advantages and disadvantages, but I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in this case. Today was so unpredictable but hopefully towards the end of the week it’ll start to come good.”

In the Laser Radial Girls, Sophie Murphy scored a 25-13-19 today, the first being her discard, leaving her 17th overall in the 42 boat fleet. 

“The first race wasn’t good at all. The second two races a little bit better, but it was just very tough conditions out there, really shifty, so it was very easy to gain or lose like 20 places just in one leg,” said Murphy. “It was a really interesting day, consistency is what it was all about, so if anyone managed that, I’m sure they did very well.” Norway’s Line Flem Host continues to lead despite scoring an inconsistent 10-2-23 today. 

Murphy agreed that conditions were harder today than yesterday, with the wind at times dropping to just 4 knots, but it was the squalls that proved most challenging. “You have to know which way it’s going to go, because being on the right side of those shifts is really important.” Local knowledge she said didn’t help her with the wind but it did with her understanding of the tides on Dublin Bay. 

Looking ahead to the rest of the week – racing concludes on Friday - Murphy said: “Every race I‘ll take as its own race. When you get into the competition you can worry less about the points.”

Elsewhere in the SL16s, Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay scored a 10-15-7 and now lie 10th in the 15 boat fleet, a place behind Jordi Booth, son of double Olympic Tornado medallist Mitch. 

Sean and Tadgh Donnelly in the 29er skiff, had a consistent 10-12-14 today, in a class where Spain’s Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel are dominating, having won today’s first two races and now on just five points after their discard.

In the 420 Men’s class Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts had a disappointing day with a 20-17-16 score today leaving them 16th overall in the 30 boat fleet. “The first two races weren’t good,” said Roberts, adding that they had lost out on the first upwind legs. “In the first and second race, we got caught on the wrong side of a shift. The wind was up and down, it was never consistent.” 

Racing continues at 1200 tomorrow with two races, with conditions forecast to be stronger and even more gusty.

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Race Day 1

The Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship got off to a tricky start for the 350 crews of 14-19 year olds from 63 nations. Dublin Bay threw up a mix of light to moderate winds, with shifts and gusts as clouds passed over, while allowing the occasional glimpse of sunshine through. 

The stand-out opening day performance among the Irish teams competing came from Cork’s Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts in the 420 Boy’s class, who lie third overall in what is their first international regatta. They are 11 points adrift of the French leaders Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan after posting a 15-2 score in today’s two races. 

“It was pretty good - better than we expected,” said Crosbie, aged 15. In today’s second race they had managed to get into second on the first upwind leg. “It is hard to tell,” Crosbie admitted of where he expected them to be at this early stage of the regatta. “We didn’t know a lot of the boats or what the level was. We are very happy today.” 

Dun Laoghaire's Finn Lynch lies fourth overall from 45 starters in the Laser Radial Men’s class, where he is tied on points with Mexico’s Ander Belausteguigoitia, and nine points behind leader Tobias Hemdorff from Denmark. 
Sophie Murphy (Laser Radial Girls Class) was let down by an 18th in race two today, when she was ‘yellow flagged’, penalised for excess ‘pumping’ on the first reach. With her 8th in race one this leaves her 10th overall on 26 points, but with a considerable amount of work still to do if she is to catch the meticulous Norwegian sailor Line Flem Host, who’s 2-1 score today makes her the runaway leader.  

Aside from this Belfast’s Murphy said she was “happy enough with today. With the Youth Worlds the points are so high - last year if you averaged a tenth you would have won overall.” However so early on in the regatta (which finishes on Friday 20th) she won’t spectacle on the ultimate outcome. “I'm literally going to take each race as it comes - there's no point not looking at the end result; I really don't want to jinx anything.”

Murphy paid tribute to Dun Laoghaire’s three clubs who are organising and hosting the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. “They are doing a fantastic job. I think the professionalism and the organisation that has gone into this event is really second-to-none.”

Dublin Bay's Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay lie 10th from 15 in the ‘open’ SL16 catamaran class, where Belgium’s Henri Demesmaeker/Philip Hendrickx and Australia’s Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland are tied in first place on four points. 

“We did better in the first race. The second race was really gusty and shifty, as all these gusts kept coming down. We got on the right side of one on the last beat of that race and it brought us up a load,” said Rumball, adding that they were seeing the wind shifting in direction by 20 degrees at times.  

The Irish team Croatian coach Milan Vujasinovic commented of his team’s performance: “I happy. It could be better, but in these really hard conditions, many good guys and girls made a lot of mistakes.” 

Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow at the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship when more wind is forecast with 15-16 knot out of west. 

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Practice Day Report
13th July 2012

Four years of hard graft by the Dublin Bay 2012 organisers comes to a head tomorrow with the start of the Four Star Pizza Youth Worlds, the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. 350 sailors, aged 14-19 years old from 63 nations, plus their coaches and team leaders, have descended on Dun Laoghaire for the annual highlight of the youth sailing calendar, running from 14th-21st July. 

“We have been waiting four years for this, so it is really exciting,” says Brian Craig, Chairman of Dublin Bay 2012, the organising committee. “Everyone is buzzed up - there is great enthusiasm among the sailors. It’s great. For us it is a chance of a lifetime to run an event like this.”

Sailors are competing in eight classes 
• Laser Radial singlehander, M + F
• 420 doublehander, M + F
• RS:X windsurfer, M + F
• 29er skiff, M/F
• SL 16 multihull, M/F

These classes are directly relevant to the Olympic Games, the 420 being the small version of the Olympic 470, the 29er being the same equivalent to the 49er, etc. This is no coincidence, as Craig explains: “This is the pathway to the Olympics, so to get an event like that here in Ireland is superb for us. It is bringing all the top sailors here. For all our youth sailors around the country, they are going to see all these role models.”

In fact some of the world’s top sailors are ex-Youth Worlds winners. America’s Cup legend Russell Coutts won the Laser class in 1981; Stu Bannatyne, recently arrived into Galway as a watch leader on Camper, won in 1989; while Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker won in 1990. Brazilian multiple Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt won in 1991, while his British nemesis Ben Ainslie achieved the same four years later. The list of future champions spawned from the Youth Worlds can be found across all the pinnacle events in competitive sailing. 

Among them was Tessa Parkinson, who won the 420 Girls’ title in 2004 with Elise Rechichi, before both graduated up to the 470, winning a Gold medal for Australia at Beijing 2008. Parkinson is in Dun Laoghaire as a coach for the Australian team.  

“There is a high correlation between people that win medals at the Youth Worlds, who then go on and win Olympic medals,” states Parkinson. “It definitely is a big platform. In Australia if you get a good result at youth level, you can get a position in the development squad for the Australian Sailing Team and it is a way to progress up through the Olympic classes.” 

Parkinson has fond memories of Ireland as here she sailed her first ever international regatta in 2001. “This is a great venue for the Youth Worlds. The courses are so close to the club and everyone has been so friendly.”
One of the most likely future Olympians here is Britain’s Rupert White, who is a third generation catamaran sailor, granddad Reg having won Tornado Gold in Montreal in 1976, while his father Rob competed in the Tornado at the 1984 and 1988 Games. White junior won bronze at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia last year and is fresh from having claimed the SL16 World title in France, despite having changed crew to Tom Britz in the intervening period, Nicki Boniface no longer qualifying as a youth sailor this year. 

“Winning the Worlds was a great achievement, but this is a different event, so we have to forget about the Worlds and go through the processes and try and do it again,” said White. 

White is obviously excited by having a catamaran back in the Olympic Games for Rio 2016, after it was dropped for London 2012. “I’d like to get into it after this,” says White. “To get a medal here would get me more recognition and help my chances of getting into the Development Squad, which would make my chances better of getting into the Olympics.”

But the most impressive aspect of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships is the number of sailors from overseas. 63 nations are being represented in Dun Laoghaire, and 25 sailors have been subsidised to be here by the International Sailing Federation’s Athlete Participation Program. Among the nations supported are Chile, Guatemala, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Ukraine.

Some far-flung countries are expected to put in good results in Dun Laoghaire. For example from Singapore comes Kimberley Lim, who last year was first at the Optimist World Championship in Napier, New Zealand among 210 boats from all over the world. 16 this year, Lim has now graduated up to the 420, with her new crew Savannah Siew. 

“It is something quite new to me, but we have been training quite hard for it. We’ll try to give it our best shot, but it is our first year and we are not sure where we stand yet,” says Lim, for whom Dun Laoghaire represents a substantial change in environment. In Singapore it is currently 33degC and scorching sunshine. “It is a very beautiful place - the mountains and the churches are very nice,” she says of Ireland.

Having made her impression in the Optimist, Lim is also hoping for an Olympic future. “The Youth Worlds is very good lead up to the Olympics. Most of the top competitors here will end up being medallists in Olympic classes, so it is a very good experience and exposure to see who are the upcoming people in the Olympics.” 
For the first time here is Oman, represented by SL16 catamaran sailors Mohammed Al Wahaibi and Marwan Al Jabri, here with their coach Akram Al Wahaibi and Team Leader Paul Wakelin. 

“It is a beautiful feeling coming here,” said Al Wahaibi. “It is my first time at the ISAF Youth Worlds. So it’s great, but I am a bit nervous though.” The duo have been racing catamarans for three years in Oman but have sailed the French-designed and built SL16 for just one month. “It is the first time we have been to such a big event with so many people, but it is good. And the weather is different – a little too different!” 

Racing sets sail tomorrow for all eight classes, with the start at 1200 local time with two races scheduled. 
The 42nd International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Sailing World Championship (AKA the Youth Olympics of sailing) is taking place from 13th – 21st July 2012. After a highly competitive bidding process, Ireland is honoured to have been chosen to host this much celebrated event which is renowned for providing the world with its first glimpse of future sailing stars and Olympians. 350 sailors aged 16 – 19 years of age, accompanied by 150 coaches, from 63 nations representing six continents are sail in ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. 250 boats across eight classes (including Laser Radials, 420_s, SL16_s and 29ers) will be raced by these sailors. 

The ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship was first held in Sweden in 1971, has taken place every year since and has earned itself a unique place in the international sailing calendar. This premium event is renowned for providing the world with its first glimpse of future sailing superstars. Fifteen of the sailors who won medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are past medalists at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. 2012 Irish Olympic Team member Annalise Murphy also came up through the ranks of the ISAF Youth Worlds when she competed in a Laser Radial in 2006 in Weymouth. Throughout its history, the ISAF Youth Worlds has visited over 20 nations, covering every continent, and over 100 different nations have competed. France is currently the most successful nation, winning the Volvo Trophy on a record 10 occasions and holding a record 62 medals: 20 Gold, 27 Silver and 15 Bronze. The Royal St. George Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club and the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire have been appointed to host the championship in association the ISA (Irish Sailing Association.) There will also be a public festival of events in DL focused on next weekend (Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July) to complement the sailing Championship.

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