Australia's ISAF Youth Worlds team
On the back of the Australian Youth Championships in January 2013, Yachting Australia has formally announced the 2013 Australian Sailing Youth Team to contest the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Cyprus this July with the team featuring a mix of seasoned campaigners and newcomers.
Australia has a proud history at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships and will send a strong team to the 2013 event, being held in Limassol, Cyprus, between July 13 and 20.
Racing in Cyprus will take place in eight classes with 12 young Australian sailors selected to represent their country, with the 420 fleet hosting Carrie Smith/Ella Clark and Lachlan Gilmour/Thomas Blaauw.
Carrie Smith/Ella Clark will line up in the 420 girl’s class, their third Youth Worlds appearance, and the pair will be keen to stand on the top step of the podium after winning silver in 2012.
“We’re very lucky to have such a great opportunity to represent Australia again and are really looking forward to working hard in the lead up and hopefully producing a result one better than last year,” said Smith. “No doubt our eyes are on gold for our last year of being a Youth Worlds team member, third time lucky?
“We’re also looking forward to getting to know all the new members of the team, but most importantly we’re excited for a new year, new place and new competition that the Youth Worlds will bring,” she said. “I really enjoy the atmosphere the regatta brings, the team comes together and we all share the same excitement and nerves.”
Making their ISAF Youth Worlds debut for Australia are 420 boy’s representatives Lachlan Gilmour/Thomas Blaauw.
The pair showed great composure at the 2013 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship to come back from a black flag in the first race of the regatta to win the final four races on the River Derwent and take the win by a single point.
The Gilmour family isn’t new to the Australian Sailing Youth Team, with Lachlan’s older brother David representing Australia at the 2009 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Brazil.
The 2013 Australian Sailing Youth Team will be supported by three coaches, Queensland based American John Bertrand, West Australian Belinda Stowell and Larry Cargill from New South Wales.
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