Nine of New Zealand’s top youth sailors are due to start competition at the 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships tonight in Dublin Bay, Ireland.
This annual week-long regatta is regarded as the pinnacle event of the global youth sailing calendar, and is a significant step for many into the Olympic class pathways.
The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team who will represent NZ include:
- Andrew McKenzie: Male Laser Radial
- Jayvee Buchanan and Matthew Morrison: Male 420
- Ellie Copeland and Erica Dawson: Female 420
- Tomer Simhony and Gemma Jones: Open Multihull SL16
- Alex Munro and Trent Rippey: 29er skiff
These nine young athletes have a strong support team with them for this event, Ian Neely, Jim Maloney, Scott Kennedy and Karin Adelinger-Smith.
Laser Radial sailor Andrew McKenzie was nominated by the team to be the NZ flag bearer and team leader for the Opening Ceremonies which took place yesterday.
Less than two weeks ago Andrew earned himself a silver medal at the World Laser Radial Youth Championships only to missing out on the gold medal based on a count back system of breaking the tie for overall points.
New Zealand has a proud history of success at the ISAF Youth Worlds which dates back to 1971. Over the history of the event kiwis have returned home with a total of 42 medals including 15 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze, and this year’s team will be looking to increase that tally.
Past notable winners include Americas Cup skippers, Olympic Medallists and Volvo Ocean Race sailors such as, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Stuart Bannatyne. Approximately half of the current NZ Olympic Sailing Team have medalled at this event.
The first races will take place tomorrow, and racing will continue until July 21st.
For more information, contact:
Yachting New Zealand
021 871 301