The Aon Youth Sailing World Championships that will take place in Torbay is going to have 400 best youth sailors from the world.
Participants from 67 nations have participated in an event and will take part in a race that will go for five days.
Yachting New Zealand Development Manager and Participation Andrew Clouston said “Sailing is not a mainstream sport in many countries across the world. An event of this large scale is motivating for some and can be daunting from other young sailors who belongs to countries where sailing is not taken as main sport,”
He further added that World Sailing’s Emerging Nations Player program is a great move and it is also a way to ease sailors of young generation. The program helps participants to learn sailing skill and take part in competitions.
The aim of the ENP is to increase the number participation of sailors in Youth World championship, and also to narrow the gap of performance between countries. Countries that do not have sailing as a main sport often see less participants and also the sailors lack the skills in the absence of proper training.