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Young sailors aim for greatness on the Vaal
- Updated: December 12, 2014
The finest young sailors in the country will converge on the Vaal dam this weekend for the National Youth Championships from 13-19 December.
Over 250 sailors, who must be aged under 19, will be competing for national titles across seven classes: Dabchick, Optimist, Mirror, Multihulls, Laser, 29er and 420.
Racing will take place at North Bay on Vaal dam, adjacent to the Aeolians Club.
The Youth Nationals always provide young, up-and-coming sailors with the opportunity to impress the national selectors, particularly with a view to representing the country at the World Youth Championships. This international event will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia from 31 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.
‘The Youth Nationals is a very important event for young sailors who have reached the level where they are ready to test themselves against the best sailors in the country,’ said SA Sailing’s Development Manager, Ricky Robinson, who will certainly be keeping an eye on the emerging talent this weekend.
‘The sailors can expect well-run races and stiff competition. Over the years this event has acted as the glue that has kept competitive sailing going among youth sailors, and is always a highlight on the calendar to look forward to,’ he added.
Chairman of SA Sailing Peter Hall said: ‘The Youth Nationals are always one of the highlights of the sailing calendar for our young sailors who are looking to make their mark on national level.
‘We are looking forward to another great event at the Vaal and once again seeing the emerging talent we have in this country.’