The annual Youth Sailing World Championships started in 16th July with 382 sailors aged between 16 and 19. The sailors took part from 66 nations of Corpus Christi Bay in Texas. The competition is a pinnacle event mainly for young sailors aspiring to reach Olympics or pursue a career in America’s Cup. Some of the winners in the past have reached greater heights and they are Ben Ainslie of Great Britain, and Russell Coutts and Peter Burling from New Zealand.
From the Girl’s RS: X, Giorgia Speciale is all hopeful to win the gold medal as she lost last year. Emma Wilson, from Great Britain tried hard but lost the medal and she reached 2nd position. Speciale is the only one contestant from the top 10. The Boy’s RS: X remains open with no contestant of last year making a reentry. Max Van Der Zalm from New Zealand is the only competitor who was in the top 10. Besides, Poland’s Aleksander Przychodzi, Cristobal Hagerman from Mexico, Alexander Halank from Australia and Belgium’s Thomas Broucke are other returnees.
The French gold medalists may not return this time and as a result, the door remains open. The Italian Skipper Federico Zampiccoli makes an entry with new team Leonardo Chiste and hopes to improve last year’s performance. The countdown has indeed begun.