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2009 ISAF Youth Worlds Selection Policy announced

In August 2008 Yachting New Zealand, released a draft edition of the Guidelines for Nomination and Selection of the 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds Team. Since this announcement there has been significant debate with respect to amending the process to give New Zealand sailors a better chance of success at the ISAF youth worlds, as well as various Class World Championships.

Due to the intense and high level of interest, the High Performance Classes Committee met to discuss issues raised. Key issues were around the timing and location of ISAF Youth Worlds nomination pointscore series events for the selecting of the 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds Team and to discuss how this process integrates with the National Youth Development Pathway.

The prevailing view was that the selection of the Youth Worlds Team from year to year is always too late in the season and too close to the pinnacle event to get the best performance from the selected sailors. The Committee agreed with the views expressed by many, that earlier selection could improve results at pinnacle regattas.

The Committee was also of the view that, given support for the two event selection process, this should be retained. Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland and the NZL Class Nationals were considered to be the appropriate selection events from now on. Class nationals are held in different regional venues each year and this should give all regions an opportunity to remain part of a selection event from time to time.

After giving consideration to the full range of themes & points of the arguments for and against the announced draft, the committee’s recommendations for ISAF Youth Worlds Selection Process for 2009-2011 periods are as follows.

The nomination point score events for 2009 to be the respective class nationals and the respective class division results of the Sail Auckland regatta;

* The two event selection process to be retained
* The tie break of any disciplines point score to be broken by the overall result of the last event sailed;
* The 420, Laser Radial, RSX & Hobie 16 class association should be finalised before the end of February in the year of selecting the team.
* Rig size for the youth men’s division of national RSX Championships to be 8.5m. Rig size. Rig size for RSX youth men’s division of Sail Auckland should be 8.5m.
* Youthsail 09 to not be a nomination pointscore regatta for the selecting of the ISAF Youth Worlds Team in 2009

These recommendations have subsequently been accepted and approved by the Board of Yachting New Zealand, and are represented in the Guidelines for Nomination and Selection document now published.

Click here for a full copy of the Nomination & Selection Guidelines for the 2009 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team.

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