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Laser Radial Youth World Championships - Pressrelease

Young Laser sailors from more than 40 nations in Schilksee

There might be no other dinghy internationally as wide spread as the Laser class. The 4.23 meter long boat is just as suitable for the young sailors as for the Olympic sailors That's why this class fits perfectly to Kiel, explained the Head of Organization of the Kiel Yacht Club regattas, Dirk Ramhorst, looking at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships taking place in Kiel Schilksee from 18. until 25. August.

Within two years, the Laser class association has already handed over the World Championship four times to be hosted in Kiel. The Worlds of the young 4.7 sailors and the Laser Radial U21 Worlds in 2016 as well as the Radial men's Worlds at the Kiel Week already took place this year, and the Laser Radial Youth World Championships (U-19) are now following.

German hopes are pinned on: Julia Buesselberg from Berlin, who did come back to Kiel with a rank nine from the Youth Sailing Worlds Championships in the USA. (Picture: okpress)

From 18. until 25. August, there will be a tête-à-tête of the international young Laser sailors. More than 370 active sailors between 15 and 18 years from 44 nations will be dominating the scene in the North of Kiel during those eight days. After the measurement, the Worlds will start off with an opening ceremony on Sunday, 19. August, before twelve tough World Championship races are on the schedule: During the six days (20. until 25. August), there will be two races per day.

270 male sailors from 42 nations are on the registration list. The German fleet as the hosting nation is the biggest fleet with 39 young sailors, followed by the British with 23 participants.

Julian Hoffmann (born 2002) did come back home from the Youth Sailing World Championships (YSWC) from Corpus Christi/USA with a rank nine. The student from the Sports High School in Obersdorf, where normally winter athletes are enrolled, knows the sailing territory in Kiel really well. Gauthier Verhulst also examined the sailing territory in Kiel in detail. The Swiss (born 2001) did even use the whole Kiel Week to get prepared for U-19 Worlds. In the first part of the event, the 16-year old did finish on rank nine at the Laser Radial Open, in the Laser Radial Worlds he was on place 27. In August, the Swiss sailor will be also fighting for the U-17 title.

Among the favourites are also Josh Armit from New Zealand, who was leading in Corpus Christi by twelve points in front of Juan Cardozo from Argentina and the current World Champion at the Laser Radial Men's Zac Littlewood (Australia). It was a perfect preparation for the Youth World Championship in Kiel for Armit. "It feels great to win this regatta. I learned much this week and had the opportunity to test different things in this fleet", said Armit after the YWSC victory in the USA.

Among 101 participants from 30 nations in total, Germany is also sending the biggest fleet of female sailors with 17 participants to Kiel. Great Britain is following with ten participants, Italy with nine and the Netherlands with eight starters.

Just like Julian Hoffmann, Julia Buesselberg also returned from the USA with a rank nine. The 18-year old sailor already won the Junior World Championship at the YES regattas on the Whitsun weekend in Kiel, did finish on rank nine at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Corpus Christi and afterwars started at the Worlds in Aarhus.

But in the girls' fleet, the international competitors also already got prepared on the sailing territory in Kiel. In total, there were 13 young sailors from nine nations, who did use the Kiel Week as a regatta training for the Worlds of the young sailors. In the top class Olympic fleet, the young sailors were mainly at the back of the fleet, but Julia Rogalska from Poland made it at least onto place 34 and thus was in the first half of the fleet.

On top of that, it will be a meet-up in Kiel of the girls, who did participate in the Youth Sailing Worlds Championships in Corpus Christi in July. 22 YSWC starters will also be in Kiel, among them nine young sailors from the top ten, demonstrating the high quality of the Laser Radial Youth World Championships.

Dirk Ramhorst is looking forward to the new cooperation with the Laser class association. "This is a matching and adequate complementation of the high-class standard program of the Kiel Yacht Club with Maior, YES and Kiel Week. And the Laser Worlds are automatically creating a high number of participants and level of internationality", said the Head of Organization. And the clerk of the International Laser Class Association, Randolph Bertin, added: "Kiel is offering excellent organization and perfect conditions." The proven crew around Dirk Ramhorst and the agency Point of Sailing are ready to offer excellent conditions for fair races to the youth sailors between 15 and 18 years.

The Swiss Gauthier Verhulst did use the whole Kiel Week for preparation - first of all the Radial Open in the first part and then the Laser Radial men's World in the second part of the event. (Picture: Sascha Klahn/Kiel Week)

The registration lists can be found under: sailing.laserinternational.org

Results of the regatta can be found here Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Laser Radial Youth World Championships
Participation for young sailors between 15 and 18 years (born: 2000 until 2003)
Four Worlds titles are to be assigned: Female sailors under 19 years, male sailors under 19 years. Female sailors under 17 years, male sailors under 17 years.

Program:
Saturday, 18. August, 9:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 18:00: Registration, charter boat assignment.
Sunday, 19. August, 9:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 18:00: Registration, charter boat assignment.
14:00: Practice race
19:00: Opening ceremony
Monday, 20. August, 11:00: 2 qualification races
Tuesday, 21. August,
11:00: 2 qualification races
Wednesday, 22. August,
11:00 2 qualification races
Thursday, 23. August,
11:00: 2 qualification or final races
Friday, 24. August,
11:00: 2 qualification or final races
Saturday, 25 August,
11:00, last start until 15:00: 2 qualification or final races - afterwards: Price giving

Races are set from Monday, 20. August, until Saturday, 25. August. Each day, there will be two races. After the qualification races, there will be final races in the groups Gold, Silver and Bronze starting on Thursday. For this, all qualification groups will have to sail four races (including a discard). The minimum of four races is also a prerequisite to assign the title World Champion.

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