Sanya to host 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships Dec. 9-16
Sanya will be the host city of the 2017 edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships, World Sailing (formerly ISAF), the world governing body for the sport of sailing, announced on February 22nd, 2017.
As the premier event in youth sailing, more than 400 sailors from over 60 nations are expected to compete on the waters off Hainan Island from December 9th to 16th, 2017.
Argentina’s Mar del Plata and Australia’s Melbourne were the other two bidders for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships.
Mr. Kim Andersen, World Sailing President, said, “World Sailing is thrilled to take the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships to the city of Sanya this December. The Youth Worlds is where stars of the future are born and Sanya will provide the best young sailors with an opportunity to showcase their skills and talent.
“Sanya is an ambitious host city and has exceptional experience of running world class sailing events and welcoming international visitors. We’re excited about working with the Sanya organising authority over the coming months to deliver the event.”
Mr. Xu Zhenling, Deputy Mayor of Sanya, said, “It is great news that our city will host the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships and I am excited to bring youth sailing to Sanya. Working with World Sailing, the Sanya organising team are confident that the event will be successful and an extraordinary experience for everyone attending.”
Known for its tropical climate, with an average year round temperature of 25 degrees, Sanya hosted stopovers on the 2011-12 and 2014-15 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. In addition, Sanya welcomes international sailing teams for the annual Round Hainan Regatta and hosted World Sailing’s 2015 Annual Conference. On February 15th, 2017, Sanya was announced to become a host port and team partner for the next two editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, through to 2020.
About the Youth Worlds
The Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships will be the 47th edition of the championship.
Past notable winners include America’s Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Iain Jensen (AUS), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Amelie Lux (GER), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Iain Percy (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Elise Rechichi (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson (AUS); Volvo Ocean Race sailors like Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN).
The most successful Youth World Champions are Great Britain’s Sally Cuthbert and Poland’s Zofia Klepacka having won four successive titles in the Laser II and Mistral respectively.
Italy is the current holder of the Nations Trophy, awarded annually to the top performing nation at the Youth Worlds. France is the most success nation through the history of the Championship, winning the Nations Trophy on a record 11 occasions and holding a record 79 medals: 29 gold, 31 silver and 19 bronze.