Announcing the 2014 Canadian Youth World Team
Sail Canada is pleased to announce the Canadian Youth World team attending the 2014 ISAF Sailing Youth World Championships in Tavira Portugal. Qualifications wrapped up this past weekend with the 29er Midwinter West regatta, finalizing the team roster. Tavira will play host to over 300 of the world’s top youth sailors from July 12-19. Here is a glance at the Canadian team:
RS:X Boy - Gabriel Verrier-Paquette (CVDM)
Gabriel solidified his qualification with an impressive performance at the 2014 Miami OCR event, sailing on the bigger 9.5 sail and placing 13th overall. His hard work over the past year has paid off and will continue to reap rewards. This will be Gabriel’s second consecutive Youth Worlds event.
RS:X Girl - Fannie De Alcala (CVDM)
Qualifying via the 2014 Miami OCR, Fannie has tested her skills against high level competition. Similar to Gabriel, Fannie’s training program has displayed an improvement in her sailing over the past year. This is Fannie’s second consecutive Youth Worlds Event.
Laser Radial Girl - Ellie Shaw Ungar (RVYC)
Sailing consistently well at both the Canadian Youth Championships and the Laser Radial Midwinters, Ellie has shown the merit of consistent training and hard work. This will be Ellie’s first Youth Worlds Event.
Laser Radial Boy – Graham Harney (RVYC)
Following a 3rd place finish at the Canadian Youth Championships, Graham was forced to make a comeback and delivered a top ten performance at the Midwinter East Regatta, clinching his spot on the 2014 team. This will be Graham’s first Youth Worlds Event.
29er – Andrew Wood & Ryan Wood (RVYC)
Andrew & Ryan secured their spot by winning the Canadian Youth Sailing Championships in 2013 followed by their 3rd place finish at the 2014 29er MidWinter West Regatta. This young skiff team display immense potential and motivation. This will be Andrew and Ryan’s first Youth World event.
420 –Canada will not be sending 420 teams to this edition of the youth worlds. Christopher Volkers & Stewart Clark, sailing for the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, narrowly missed out on qualification for this event. Sail Canada is looking forward to seeing the continued development in their program.
Coaching Staff – Coach selection process is still underway and will be announced shortly.