by Dana Paxton
Young sailors coming from different parts of the United States and Canada are expected to convene in Clearwater, Florida next year as they try to nab several spots up for grabs at the 2013 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Qualifier, from January 18 to January 21. The U.S Sailing’s Olympics Sailing Committee announced eight classes to be competed at the upcoming qualifier hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club. The winners of each class will have a chance to represent the United States at the ISAF Youth World Championships 2013 in Limassol, Cyprus.
ISAF Youth World Qualifier
• Boy’s One Person Dinghy: Laser Radial
• Girl’s One Person Dinghy: Laser Radial
• Boy’s Two Person Dinghy: International 420
• Girl’s Two Person Dinghy: International 420
U.S. and Canadian competitors:
• Open Skiff: 29er
• Boy’s Windsurfer: RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
• Girls Windsurfer: RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
• Open Multihull: Formula 16
All competitors shall be a member of the member national authority they intend to represent: US Sailing for U.S. citizens and residents, Canadian Yachting for Canadian citizens and residents. Sailors must be under the age of 19 by December 31, 2013, be eligible to represent the United States at the ISAF Youth World Championships 2013, and hold a valid United States or Canadian passport, as applicable.
The Notice of Race is posted online. Entry deadline is by January 11, 2013.
Racing for this event will take place on the Gulf of Mexico and/or Clearwater Harbor from January 19-21, 2013 with registration and measurement checks taking place on January 18. Nine races are scheduled and awards will be presented to competitors immediately following racing on January 21. Each class winner who meets all eligibility requirements will be invited to join the US Sailing Development Team and to represent the United States at the ISAF Youth World Championships 2013 in Limassol, Cyprus.
For more information, click on these links to online registration and registered sailors, to date.
For more information about the ISAF Youth World Championship as well as results from the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championship held in Croatia, please visit the event website here.