The most talented youth sailors in the world are this week gathered in Tavira, Portugal for the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships. The future generation of Olympic sailors will most certainly come from this group of young talents – and you may already see them for the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo.
2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
But just as important, the sailors will also meet new sailing friends from all over the world, and hopefully build long-lasting friendships.
Sailing – a lifetime’s Sport!
367 young sailors from 67 nations – a new event record - at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship are rigged and ready to race at the 44th edition of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.
Sixty seven flag bearers and their teams paraded through Tavira towards the City Hall with local people, tourists, family and friends turning out to welcome the sailors competing at the premier youth sailing regatta. The traditional Mixing of the Waters followed, symbolising the collection and gathering of all the sailors from around the world. The 67 teams had brought bottles of water from lakes and seas from their home nation and poured them into a jug before the water was transferred into the Portuguese waters.
During the opening ceremony ISAF President Carlo Croce said: 'I thank all of you for coming here from all over the world. The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is an important event and in its 44th year it's building up more and more. It represents the values of the International Olympic Committee. We see environment, accessibility, universality, fair play and nice times for all.
'The sailors come to the ISAF Youth Worlds because it is the pinnacle event for a youth sailor. What I want to tell is, yes you're here to take the results of all your work, but please remember that this event is for friendship. You need become friends with your competitors because you will meet them in the future and this is why sailing is a lifetime sport.
Follow the exciting racing in Tavira, Portugal at Sail-World.Com during the next week.
The football World Cup is over in Brazil, and Brazil's President now has said that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority from Monday 14 July 2014. President, Ms. Dilma Rousseff recently met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in Brasilia as they looked ahead to the 17 days of Olympic competition, which gets underway in just over two years' time.
Bach said after the meeting that he was pleased to hear the confidence President Rousseff has in the Games and what they will deliver, and it was good to hear that the Games and their legacy will be a top priority. He then pledged that the IOC will contribute $1.5 billion (£876 million / €1.1 billion) to the Games, to ensure the event 'leaves a huge sporting, economic and social legacy.
Part of that legacy was a commitment to improve the water quality in Guanabara Bay and the rivers, estuaries and ocean beaches for which Rio is renowned and to which more than one million tourists flock annually. The spotlight is still on the quality of the water and waterways of the host city, which will be the venues for swimming, rowing, sailing and other events.
The next fixture on the calendar for Rio is Aquece Rio, the first of the sailing test events, to be held 2 to 9 August, in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games. 10 Olympic classes, 320 athletes from 34 countries will compete of Marina da Gloria, an area notorious for accumulating rubbish on its foreshores and its foul-smelling water. It’s also the official sailing venue for the 2016 Games.
The bíg question is if the city has time enough to deal with the huge problems, but IOC certainly will have even greater focus on the issue now. IOC will follow closely up to see that their $1.5 billion is used in order to solve the problems for the water sports and the athletes.
PWA Pozo World Cup
Also this week on Sail-World-com - Some of the most radical sailors in the world have once again be descending upon the hallowed shores of Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, as the curtain is raised on the 2014 PWA Pozo World Cup as a part of the PWA Wave World Tour.
The week promises to be one you can’t afford to miss as the elite of the wave sailing world perform gravity defying stunts to win the adulation of the crowd and the judges. The level has continued to rocket, meaning the action will be bigger and more extreme than ever before.
Pozo Izquierdo is renowned throughout the windsurfing world for its howling winds - which can reach in excess of fifty knots - and steep waves, which provide the perfect stunt ramps for the world’s best to throw themselves into jaw-dropping manoeuvres. The local effect in Pozo means that even the lightest breeze can quickly be accelerated to nuclear strength, so don’t be surprised to see even the biggest guys reaching for their smallest equipment.
Sir Ben Ainslie with the America's Cup
The America's Cup Event Authority has announced that two potential host cities for the 35th America's Cup have been shortlisted. They are San Diego and the island of Bermuda. The big question is now – do the Oracle Team USA want to defend the Cup in US waters – or outside US?
Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, took the initiative and called a meeting of potential Challengers for the 35th America’s Cup, ahead of the close of entries in less than a month’s time.
Read the interesting article 'Challengers give Oracle a very frank message at Meeting', where Top yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, writing in the British newspaper, The Independent, reports on the Competitors Meeting held in Los Angeles, USA over the weekend.
Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our websites www.sail-world.com/uk and www.sail-world.com/europe
Dan Ibsen, Sail-World UK editor
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