Saturday 19 July 2014 -The 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has set new grounds for the regatta with Tavira, Portugal playing host to a record number of nations and sailors as the curtain was drawn on the event at the closing ceremony.
Tavira’s Town Hall square played host to the closing ceremony on 18 July and saw the achievements of all 367 sailors from 67 nations celebrated.Spain lifted the Nations Trophy for the first time in their history as they celebrated four medals from the eight classes racing in the Algarve.Five days of intense competition saw 86 races completed with the finest youth sailors on the planet taking the honours.
The ISAF Bengt Julin Trophy was awarded to South Africa’s Brandon Wijtenburg and Todd Fisher who had demonstrated good sportsmanship, respect, graciousness, helpfulness and friendliness to their fellow competitors.
First awarded in 1990, 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.
Wijtenburg and Fisher were nominated by their peers and received the award from ISAF Vice President Nazli Imre.
Alongside the medal presentations special thanks was given to event sponsors, volunteers and boat suppliers who made the 44th edition of the ISAF Youth Worlds possible.
ISAF Vice-President Nazli Imre closed the event and handed the ISAF flag over to Langkawi, Malaysia, host venue of the 2015 ISAF Youth Worlds.
420 Boys and Girls Final Highlights
Wrap up highlights from the 420 Boys and Girls fleet. Silvia Mas and Marta Davila (ESP) took the girls honours whilst Singapore’s Yia Jia Loh and Jonathan Yeo claimed the boys title.
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RS:X Boys and Girls Final Highlights
Wrap up highlights from the RS:X Boys and Girls fleets. Yael Paz (ISR) triumphed in the RS:X Boys fleet whilst Russia’s Stefaniya Elfutina came out on top in the girls fleet.
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29er Final Highlights
Wrap up highlights from the 29er fleet. Brice Yrieix and Loic Fischer Guillou (FRA) took a deserved title in the 29er following a winner take all final race against America’s Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs
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Laser Radial Boys and Girls Final Highlights
Wrap up highlights from the Laser Radial Boys and Girls fleets. Joel Rodriguez and Martina Reino made it a double Spanish victory in the Laser Radial fleets.
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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.