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Turkey to host 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships

The Atakoy Marina in Istanbul, Turkey was presented as the host venue for the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship last week during the 2009 championship recently concluded in Buzios, Brazil.

Istanbul 2010 will mark the 40th edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, the world’s top youth sailing event, with over 300 young sailors from 60-plus nations expected to attend. Competition will take place from 8-17 July across eight events, open to competitors younger than 19 years on 31 December 2010.

Istanbul 2010 will be the first time the championship has been held in Turkey, the 23rd nation to host the event. It will also be the first Youth Worlds to consist of eight events, with the new Open High Performance Dinghy – 29er event set to make its debut.

The full line up of events and equipment is:

Boy’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Boy’s Two Person Dinghy – 420
Boy’s Windsurfer – RS:X
Girl’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Girl’s Two Person Dinghy – 420
Girl’s Windsurfer – RS:X
Open Multihull – Sirena SL16
Open High Performance Dinghy – 29er

The venue for the championship will be the Atakoy Marina, located on the European Coast of Istanbul at the southern end of the Bosphorus Strait. The Marina falls within the Bakirköy district of Istanbul, and is very well connected being just 8km from Atatürk International Airport. In 2010 Istanbul will also be the joint European Capital of Culture.

The racing area will be the Marmara Sea. The predominant wind conditions in July are winds from the north east at a speed between 10 and 15 knots. Temperatures vary between 25ºC and 30ºC during the day and around 20ºC at night time. The sea water temperature in the summer is between 23ºC and 25ºC.

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