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Windsurfer Sven Pedersen is part of a 12-strong national team aiming to maintain New Zealand's fine record at youth sailing world championships in Croatia

For Pedersen, selection was sweet success after just missing out in 2010, when he led on points after the nationals but was pipped at Sail Auckland.
"I was liking my chances last year but then got beaten in heavy winds. It made me absolutely determined to get there in 2011."
Sweeping every race in the youth male RS:X class at this year's two selection events was the ideal response. "It was amazing, such a good feeling to do so well in the trials," Pedersen said last week.

Aged 18 and boarding at Hamilton's St Paul's Collegiate, he has spent countless hours in the gym and pounding the pavement to make up for lack of water time during school weeks.

The tall boardsailor hopes Zadar's predominant sea breeze of 8-12 knots will play to his advantage. "Light wind has definitely been a weapon for me ... in England I raced against UK boy Sam Stills, who was fifth at last year's youth worlds and will be hard to beat this year. I won one race in light conditions and was close to his speed in another three."

Now in its 41st year, the youth worlds event has seen New Zealand win 15 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals. The regatta comprises six race days, making 12 races possible in each class.

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