Volvos Search for Top Young Sailors Continues...

by : Glady Reign

Volvo has etched ample contributions in varied fields. As a fact, the word Volvo has eventually become a household name. This year, in accordance with its long lineup of activities, the company's search for top young sailors continues.

In ISAF's Centenary year, the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour will host the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. The challenging event is scheduled from the 12th up to the 21st of July this year. More than 200 young sailors from 50 different nations around the globe are expected to participate in the ISAF World Championship. They are all heading to Kingston, Canada for this year's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. Paraguay and St. Lucia will both compete at the Youth Worlds for the first time in the biggest-ever Championships held in North America.

Before the Youth World starts, an enthralling European summer of sailing is scheduled to be delivered to showcase the Championship's uncompromising ability to give the sailing world a first glance of its future stars. The will surely not be stopping the flow of thrilling events. According to the people behind the much-anticipated event, spectators could expect nothing less than pure sailing action.

In Valencia, the Defender of the 32nd America's Cup Alinghi features former Youth Worlds medallists Jorge Calafat (ESP) and Murray Jones (NZL) amongst its ranks. On the other hand, leading challengers include the BMW Oracle Racing and the Emirates Team New Zealand which will both be skippered by the previous Youth World Champions Dean Barker (NZL) and Chris Dickson (NZL).

At this year's ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, among the leading contenders will be some of many Youth Worlds medalists who have gone on to stand on the Olympic podium. The long list of star names includes Robert Scheidt (BRA), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Siren Sundby (NOR) and Gal Fridman (ISR).

Now, racing enthusiasts are entertaining cobwebs at the back of their head: who will bag the glory among the 223 registered competitors competing at the 37th edition of the ISAF Youth Worlds?

Fiona Kidd (CAN), the chair of the ISAF Youth World Championship Sub-Committee, said, "Once again the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships has proven itself the premier event for youth sailing and it will take on a special significance in ISAF's Centenary year. I am thrilled to see St Lucia and Paraguay enter the event for the first time ever - it just goes to show that, with the help of the APP and our sponsors Volvo, the spread and appeal of the Championships continues to grow."

Kidd added, "Ever since the 1976 Olympic Regatta, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour has proven itself to be a fantastic sailing venue and I'm looking forward to the warm welcome which I know will greet the 37th ISAF Youth Worlds in Kingston."

Speaking from China, race CEO Glenn Bourke, himself a former Laser Champion, has this to say: "We are proud to sponsor the ISAF Youth World Championship. We are sending our Volvo Ocean Race media team to Kingston to support the event and our commitment to developing the talents of today's young sailors."