The 29er class World Youth Champions from Australia will not be there to defend their title.
The champions from Australia Annie Wilmot and Natasha Bryant have decided to forfeit their title defense and look for a place in the Australian sailing team that will be heading for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The youth champions said that they had mixed emotions forfeiting the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship to be held in Sanya in China in December. They have a singular focus and goal and are want to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to represent Australia on the big stage. They are looking to compete in the 49erFX skiffs.
Natasha and Annie said that they had aspirations of defending their title at Sanya. But, when they thought about it hard and long, they felt that their ultimate aim and goal was to present their country at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. They fully understand that they need to put in a lot of effort, time and dedication to make it to the Australian sailing team for the forthcoming Olympics. (more…)
World match racing tour had a break in its schedule as the wind and water conditions turned inclement on July 3rd being held in the waters of Marstrand in Sweden, there were gales and breaking waves around the Marstrand arena which made the beginning of the competition difficult.
The organizers of the World Match Racing Tour stated that the wind was at 30 knots on average and there were gusts blowing at 40 knots. That made the sea state not ideal for sailing. The wind did drop in the afternoon, but the sea state was still not congenial for racing.
The crew stayed on the shores and appraised the situation. The America’s Cup has just gotten over and this is the year after the Olympic Games were held. Hence, the world class sailors who had come to participate in this Swedish island paradise were able to exchange notes and get to know each other better. (more…)