Following the selection of the Nacra 17 for use at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, ISAF Council adopted submission 052-13 at the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference which sought to determine the most appropriate multihull for use at the ISAF Youth Worlds.
An important aspect of the ISAF Youth Worlds is that all the equipment is supplied to competitors so the selected manufacturer will be required to supply and maintain at their cost the multihull equipment for the event each year. Key criteria include that the equipment represents a clear pathway to the Olympic Games, is cost effective, visually appealing and athletically challenging for competitors.
A request for information has been published here and ISAF seeks applications by 15 August 2014. Further information is available in the request for information.
The ISAF Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal will be the 44th edition of the championship.
Past notable winners include American’s Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Iain Jensen (AUS), 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.
Italy 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 72 medals: 24 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.