Australian Sailing has released the Australian Sailing Youth Team (ASYT) selection policy for the 2022 Youth Sailing World Championships, which are set to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, from 8th – 15th July 2022.
The Selection Policy outlines the events to be included as ASYT selection regattas for the 2022 World Youth Sailing Championships.
The 2022 Victorian Youth Championships will act as the nomination regatta for Laser Radial, Windfoil, 29er and Nacra 15 classes. In addition, the 420 class Nationals will be the nomination regatta for that class, and Sail Melbourne will be the nomination regatta for the Formula Kite.
The release of the Youth Sailing World Championships Notice of Race (NOR) has listed iQFOiL Youth (8.0m rig) for the Windfoil equipment, and the 420 Boys can include a mixed Two Person Dinghy combination for the 420 class. More information regarding the Windfoil can be found below.
Melbourne will hold the Australian Sailing Youth Team (ASYT) camp directly following the Victorian Youth Championships on 16th – 19th April 2022.
The Events to be included in the 2022 World Youth Sailing Championship are:
- Girls One Person Dinghy Event: ILCA 6
- Boys One Person DinghyEvent: ILCA 6
- Girls Two Person Dinghy: 420 Class
- Boys/Mixed Two Person Dinghy: 420
- Girls Skiff event: 29er Class
- Boys Skiff event: 29er Class
- Girls WindsurferEvent: iQFOil Youth
- Boys Windsurfer Event: iQFOil Youth
- Mixed Multihull Event: Nacra 15
- Girls Kiteboarding Event: Formula Kite
- Boys Kiteboarding Event: Formula Kite
- Click here to view the full selection policy.
Youth World Sailing Championship – iQFOil Youth
Following World Sailing’s announcement that the iQFOiL Youth (85 wide) will be the official equipment of the Youth Sailing World Championships from 2022, Australian Sailing will recognise class for selecting windfoil athletes to the Australian Youth Sailing Team in 2022, as well as for State and Futures programs.
AS recognise the need for a transitional period from existing pathway classes, while obtaining modern foiling equipment and establishing fair selection processes. One of the current challenges for windfoil is a global shortage of equipment and rising shipping costs. Dependant on supply availability, we will have a late trial at the Vic Youth Championships in April, 2022.
AS has reviewed class pathway options and conducted discussion with key suppliers and coaching staff within the pathway. The general belief is 15 sets of equipment will be available by the summer with 20 additional sets already on order for delivery ASAP early 2022. That would allow sufficient time to train and prepare on the equipment for a youth world trials in April, 2022.
AS believe that the iQFOiL Youth equipment will create a clear and conducive development pathway, gained by utilising the international class domestically and touring to class youth\junior worlds, similar to the Laser class. It is also a logical progression to iQFOiL development, which will be led by coach Arthur Brett.
For further information about iQFOiL equipment, please visit iQFOiL Youth
AS is working in conjunction with STARBOARD to ensure efficient availability and prioritised distribution of the new equipment at AS Club and related level.
Those interested in purchasing the iQFOiL Youth equipment are encouraged to register their interest online AS iQFOil Youth program. Please respond promptly and if you have any further questions, please contact either Ash Brunning – Performance Pathway Technical Manager or Lesley Fasala, Performance Pathway Coordinator
Q & A
Q: What will be the equipment used at the Vic Youth Championships?
A: The minimum requirements for equipment at the April 2022 AYST Windfoil selection will be
- To be production and not custom made
- Width to be a maximum 85 cm
- Minimum weight – TBC. To be that of the iQFOil Youth board
- Starboard IQFoil Youth or Senior
- Sail to be a production 8 metre or 8.5 BIC Techno Plus
- Mast, mast extension and mast base to be unlimited
- Boom to be aluminum
Those with questions regarding the equipment for the Vic Youth Championships should contact Arthur Brett – Performance Pathway Windfoil Coordinator –