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Young sailors from across the world are already gearing up for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, due to take place in Buenos Aires – the capital of Argentina. Sails are up, and training plans are in place for a thrilling programme on the South American shores.
It all kicks off on the 1st of October 2018, and things are expected to be wrapped up by the 12th. Exactly 100 young sailors between 15 and 18 years old will sail across the Rio de la Plata while competing in the five events. The intrepid sailors will compete across the classes, known as five of the fastest classes.
To earn the right to compete in the Youth Olympic Games is a huge achievement, and an honour. For fledgeling sailors to qualify, they need to impress at a range of key international events and regattas. The qualification system will be finalised by the middle of 2016 and the window in which the sailors can secure a spot runs from April 2017, until July 2018. Since Nanjing’s memorable competition in 2014 and Singapore’s remarkable event in 2010, the standard of competition was set as very high, with top athletes emerging from the events. Gold medal winner of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games Lara Vadlau qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and won several world titles in the years thereafter. Athletes from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Dolores Moreira and Maria Erdi also went on to big things when they qualified for the Rio Laser Radial in 2016.
The programme unfolds
Three new items have been introduced – IKA Twin Tip Racing, the Nacra 15 Mixed Multihull, and Women’s and Men’s Kiteboarding. Although major changes are happening, the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer and Techno 293+ remain on the programme. New formats are expected to be introduced, and sailing enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to hearing more about this when the International Olympic Committee and the World Sailing Committee finalise racing formats.