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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2002,
July 18-26, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg Yacht Club in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia will be host to more than 200 of the world's best young sailors for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2002, running from July 18 to July 26. Often dubbed the 'youth sailing Olympics', the event has showcased the careers of many future stars such as Laser sailor Ben Ainslie and 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race (now Volvo Ocean Race) skipper Paul Cayard.
"Volvo Canada is delighted that this prestigious regatta is coming to Canada and that we help support this great event," said Paul Cummings, President, Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. "As sponsors of the Volvo Ocean Race, the grand prix ocean racing event, Volvo has developed a close affinity with the sailing community. But the Volvo sponsorship philosophy is always to support the grass roots and future development of major sports, and this event traditionally exhibits the best up-and-coming sailing talent from all over the world. It's a great honour to represent your country and we wish all the youth sailors the very best of luck and good sailing."
Volvo Canada is supplying the event with cars to help the organization, sailing product and will also be hosting a 'Thank You' party for the scores of local volunteers who have worked for months to make this event possible.
Racing will take place over six days in the single-handed Laser and Byte dinghies, the double-handed asymmetric 29er and windsurf board Mistral classes. Organizers expect more than 200 young sailors to participate from 31 nations. Canada is represented by Trevor McEwen (Belleville, Ont.), Chris Hewson (Burlington, Ont.), Mike Leigh (Vancouver), Mike Hayes (Toronto), Lisa McKenzie (Katevale, Que.), Maddy Purves-Smith (Calgary), Cassidy Richardson (Winnipeg) and Jennifer Spalding (Vancouver).
Sailors compete in their individual class fleets and also for team honours - the best scoring team winning 'The Volvo Trophy'. There will be fierce competition for the Volvo Trophy this year, after France took the honours in 2001 for the third consecutive year when the regatta took place on home waters in Brittany. France narrowly beat New Zealand with Great Britain snapping at their heels.
Please visit www.worldyouthsailingcanada.com for detailed information about the event, and to see an entry list by country. Results will be posted on this site daily. Photos are also available on the site.
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