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SA’s best set to mix it in Mossel Bay
- Updated: October 7, 2016
The pressure will be on when the country’s best young sailors gather at Mossel Bay Boat and Yacht Club this weekend with the aim of booking a spot in the SA team for the Youth World Sailing Championships.
The final selection event will see two girls teams and three boys teams being selected for the global event in New Zealand this December.
The Youth World Championships is open to all sailors under the age of 19 and former champions include some of the most famous faces in the sport today. These include the likes of America’s Cup skipper Russell Coutts of New Zealand and Olympic champions Ben Ainslie (Great Britain) and Robert Scheidt (Brazil).
There are nine different classes at the Youth World Championships and South Africa will be represented in five of these, with SA Sailing High Performance manager Rob Willcox confident of a good showing from the team.
‘I believe our Laser Radial boys, girls and boys 29ers and multi-hulls should all be in the top half of their fleets. The Laser Radial girls in the past have not been that competitive but I believe this year we should have a much improved result,’ said Willcox.
‘Like all sports the more you put in the more you get out of it. Our coaches are much better prepared than in the past and training camps have been arranged where most of the squad do participate.
‘Being a long way from the world sailing events it is expensive to get to these international events, but some of these sailors have competed internationally so they know what is required,’ he added.
But first there’s the matter of securing a ticket to Auckland to compete from 14-20 December with the final team being announced after the Mossel Bay event.
Picture supplied by Trevor Wilkins