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.
Sailors who will participate in the event are selected in regional clinics which use to take place all round the year. The aim of regional clinic is to promote and enhance sailing within nations.
Total 560 visitors, including sailors, officials and coaches will participate in Aon Youth World Sailing Championships. The championship will go from 14-20 December while the Race will be done from 16-20 December.
Estere Paula Kumpina the Laser Radial sailor is the part of ENP program. On her presence at an event she says it is like a dream come true. She will be part three days training program that will bring together 13 sailors from various countries like Slovakia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Egypt, Guatemala, Chinese Taipei, etc.