47th Youth Sailing World Championships to kick off in Sanya
A press conference for the 47th Youth Sailing World Championships (Youth Worlds) was held on November 27th at the Sanya Serenity Marina.
More than 490 young sailors from over 60 nations have registered to compete on the eastern waters off Sanya Bay from December 9th to 16th, 2017 in the event, which is widely recognized as the premier event in youth sailing.
Xu Zhenling, Deputy Mayor of Sanya, attended the press conference and appointed Zhonghong Holdings Group (Sanya) as a Strategic Partner of the 2017 Youth Worlds, and Sanya Serenity Marina as the Host Port.
The championship attracts only the best youth sailors from around the world. Competition is notoriously tough as competitors are selected by their Member National Authority (MNA) from a host of eligible sailors within each nation.
To compete at the Youth Worlds, sailors must be under the age of 19 on December 31st, 2017 and be nominated by their MNA.
This year’s race features nine classes including 29er Men, 29er Women, 420 Men, 420 Women, Laser Radial Men, Laser Radial Women, Nacra 15, RS: X Men and RS: X Women.
A grand opening ceremony will be held at the Sanya Serenity Marina on the night of December 10th and the closing ceremony will be held on December 15th.
To promote the sport of sailing in Sanya, the organizing committee will invite former champions of the Youth Sailing World Championships to visit schools in Sanya and have a friendly OP sailing match with the students.
Mr. Andy Hunt, World Sailing CEO, sent his best wishes to the young sailors in a video clip: “The Youth Worlds in Sanya will be the 47th time that the Youth Worlds has taken place,” he said. “It started in 1971 and it has become an important competition for young sailors who aspire to become future Olympians or indeed Olympic Champions. It offers an extraordinary opportunity not only for competing for yourself but also for your nation. I know that the city of Sanya will put on an amazing competition and sailing festival and I wish every sailor great success in the coming weeks.”
It is the first time that the Youth Sailing World Championships is to be held in China. Known for its tropical climate, with an average year round temperature of 25 degrees, Sanya hosted stopovers on the 2011-12 and 2014-15 events for the Volvo Ocean Race. In addition, Sanya has welcomed international sailing teams for the annual Round Hainan Regatta, and the city hosted World Sailing’s 2015 Annual Conference. On February 15th, 2017, it was announced that Sanya would serve as the host port and team partner for the next two editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, through to 2020.
Sanya Serenity Marina 三亚半山半岛帆船港
Address: Luhuitou Peninsula, Luling Road, Sanya, Hainan China 中国海南省三亚市鹿岭路鹿回头半岛
About the Youth Worlds
The Youth Sailing World Championships was first held in Angelholm, Sweden in 1971 where 16 nations competed for the inaugural titles in the two-person dinghies, 420 and Flipper.
As the regatta evolved further classes were added to bring the best young sailing talent across the world together in one place and in 1984 the Mistral windsurfer was added to the list of events with Knut Budig (GER) taking the first gold medal.
Australia is the current holder of the Nations Trophy, awarded annually to the top performing nation at the Youth Worlds. The Nations Trophy was first introduced in 1991 and in 1999 became the Volvo Trophy until 2010. France is the most success nation through the history of the Championship, winning the Nations Trophy on eleven occasions and holding 76 medals: 28 gold, 30 silver and 18 bronze.