After five days of epic racing featuring 96 races the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has drawn to a close last night in Limassol, Cyprus.
Over 350 sailors from 61 nations flew their national flag across eight youth events and at the closing ceremony on 19 July they gathered with coaches, volunteers, family and friends to celebrate their own personal successes and accomplishments.
Held at the Cyprus Sailing Federation the first award of the night awarded was the Bengt Julin Trophy.
The ISAF Bengt Julin Trophy is a unique trophy which is awarded to a competitor or a National Team that has done the most to foster understanding and displaying attributes that are encouraged at the ISAF Youth Worlds.
Voted for by the sailors the award went to Germany’s Nik Willim who had demonstrated good sportsmanship, respect, graciousness, helpfulness and friendliness to his fellow competitors.
Alongside the medal presentations event sponsors and over 250 volunteers were thanked for their support before, during and after the event.
Italy received the ISAF Nations Trophy, the second time they have picked up the most prestigious youth trophy after first receiving it at the 2006 edition in Weymouth, Great Britain.
ISAF Vice-President George Andreadis closed the event as sailors from the Cypriot team passed the flag to the Portuguese team with Tavira, Portugal set to host will host the 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds.
Daily highlights and raw footage are available during the Sail First ISAF Youth Worlds. For specific requests please contact the ISAF Communications Department below.
Final Day Highlights
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Perdomo Secures Puerto Rico’s First Ever ISAF Youth Worlds Gold Medal
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Smith And Clark Receive Rapturous On Shore Welcome
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Rual And Amoros Take 29er Victory In Style
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International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
The ISAF Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus will be the 43rd edition of the championship.
Past notable winners include American’s Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Robert Scheidt (BRA), Amelie Lux (GER), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Iain Percy (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Elise Rechichi (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson (AUS); Volvo Ocean Race sailors like Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN). The most successful ISAF Youth World Champions are Great Britain’s Sally Cuthbert and Poland’s Zofia Klepacka having won four successive titles in the Laser II and Mistral respectively.
Great Britain is the current holder of the Nations Trophy, awarded annually to the top performing nation at the Youth Worlds. France is the most success nation through the history of the Championship, winning the Nations Trophy on a record 12 occasions and holding a record 70 medals: 22 gold, 30 silver and 18 bronze.
International Sailing Federation
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing.
ISAF is made up of over 130 Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are its principal members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.
There are currently more than 100 ISAF International, Recognized and Classic Yacht Classes, ranging from the small dinghy classes for young people up to 60 foot ocean racers.
Sailing is a lifetime sport enjoyed right across the world.
The sport encompasses a massive range of disciplines and events including Olympic sailing, offshore sailing, windsurfing, match racing, team racing, fleet racing and disabled sailing.
Sailing first joined the Olympic programme at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games. Sailing was back on the Olympic programme for the London 1908 Olympic Games and has been a part of every Olympic Games since.