Youth Development is a crucial part of any sport, but it’s particularly important for sports on the Olympic stage. This IOC’s global youth strategy stands at the core of the Olympic charter, and the IOC further recognized it as a top priority when it launched the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 (note: Sailing was part of those first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and windsurfing, on the Bic Techno 293, constituted two of the four classes represented. Windsurfing again has been selected to represent Sailing at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China).
ISAF has long recognized the importance of a robust development pipeline. The ISAF Youth Worlds, and the qualification events around the world that lead up to those Championships every year, are a direct reflection of that vision. The Youth Worlds are very successful in their own rights of course, but they also provide a very clear pathway for young sailors with Olympic aspirations.
|“Coming though a pipeline system like the Byte, Laser Radial, 29er and Techno leads kids onto Olympic sailing classes when they’re ready and/or the right physical size. This is the natural progression that most Olympic sailors throughout the world experience, and the foundation system of the entire Olympic Sailing Movement – Lanee Butler Beashel, 4-time US Olympian windsurfer|
- Thousands of Kids are Affected by the decision to replace windsurfing with kiteboard racing at the Olympics;
- Quotes from the Sailing Community highlighting serious concerns with this decision;
- RS:X is More Youthful Than Kite Racing
- Enormous success at 2012 Techno 293 World Championships in Medemblik
- Youth Action at Techno Championships around the world (from Patrik Pollák):