POLAND SET FOR 2019 HEMPEL YOUTH SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Poland's sailing capital, Gdynia, will come alive with the sights and sounds of the world's best young sailors when the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships commences on 13 July.
09 sailors from 66 nations will race across nine youth events including the Boy's and Girl's divisions of the 29er, 420, RS:X and Laser Radial as well as the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15.
The Polish team will have high hopes for a medal in the Boy's 420 after recent success. Patrik Kosmalski and Tomasz Lewandowski (POL) won gold at Kieler-Woche in a 62-boat Open 420 fleet. On their way to victory, the pair won four of eight races and confidence will be high as a result.
The 420 World Championships are currently ongoing in Vilamoura, Portugal and New Zealand's Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan have sailed superbly, leading from day one. They will be focused on maintaining that consistency through to the close of the Championship before turning attention to the Hempel Youth Worlds.
Thirty boats will line up in the Boy's 420 fleet and there will be new medallists with no returning 2018 podium finishers.
Returning sailors from last year's top ten include Turkey's Oguz Er, sailing with Tansu Sarlak, the Kiwis who finished fifth, Switzerland's Achille Casco and Elliot Schick, Israel's Tal Sade and Noam Homri, Portugal's Manuel Fortunato and Frederico Baptista and Germany's Kristian Lenkmann and Philip Hall.
The Girl's 420 fleet will be comprised of 24 eager teams. Carmen and Emma Cowles (USA) won back-to-back Youth Worlds in 2017 and 2018 but having aged out are no longer eligible to sail. A new name will be engraved on the famous RYA Trophy.
Returnees from the top ten from the 2018 edition include Brazil's Marina da Fonte and Marina Arndt, Germany's Theresa Stenlein and Lina Plettner and Croatia's Antonia Kustera and Maris Basic.
Click here to read the preview for the other youth classes: Boy's and Girl's divisions of the 29er, RS:X and Laser Radial as well as the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15.
The official arrival day for the sailors will be Saturday 13 July, where they will collect their equipment from Ovington Boats (29er), Nautivela (420), Laser Performance / Maclaren (Laser Radial) and Nacra Sailing (Nacra 15). The RS:X racers are all bringing their own equipment for 2019.
The Opening Ceremony on Sunday 14 July will officially welcome the sailors to the city before racing commences on Monday 15 July. A single race on Friday 19 July will bring the 2019 edition of the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships to a close.
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