For the second year in a row, the award-winning sailboat racing simulator SailX.com will be running the Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. After last years' successful collaboration with ISAF and the team in Dublin, this years' virtual event will take place from 20th May – 30th June 2013, to provide a fun and beneficial build-up to the main regatta to be held in Limassol, Cyprus from 13th – 20th July.
Unlike the real-world competition where spaces are naturally limited to the few that qualify and can afford to attend, the virtual event is open to every sailor that may want to take part – even including non-youth sailors in fact, who will have a separate ranking.
In this innovative competition ISAF Youth Worlds competitors will battle against some of the smartest minds in inshore sailboat racing, including top-level coaches and sailors, sharpening their mental game and readying themselves for battle in the real world as they do so. With mental performance being such a vitally important aspect of inshore sailboat racing, the use of simulation has now become a core part of a sailor’s training - as much as it has become so for pilots, medics, soldiers, etc.
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Results will be categorised by age and the winning individual in the 'Youth' classification will be awarded with the 'ISAF Youth Virtual Sailing World Championships Trophy'.
Click here to watch a video of racing in last year's Virtual ISAF Youth Worlds.
Click here to watch a video of Steve Hunt (S1D Coach of the Year) using SailX (the 2D version) to provide some top racing tips.