Less than week to go before Opening Ceremonies at the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships in Clearwater! The start of the event is October 18. Preparations are in full swing and more than 85 competitors from 20 nations and 4 continents have already registered. These championships are limited to Olympic Class athletes under 19 years old.
"Windsurfing has been an Olympic sport for thirty years." said Jerome Samson, President of United States Windsurfing, "The worldwide youth pipeline has never been this strong. We're absolutely delighted to welcome the best young windsurfers in the world to the US. This is the birthplace of our sport, after all. We are all looking forward to a spectacular event!"
The City of Clearwater with its partners Tampa Bay Charities, Clearwater Community Sailing Center, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission and the Clearwater Yacht Club are pleased to host such a spectacular event at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, which is well-known for its sugar-white sand, sunsets and being the "Best Beach Town in Florida". The Gulf of Mexico makes for ideal sailing conditions and great hospitality by the city's residents and beach community. "I'm proud to be a part of this international youth sporting event. Hosting it in Clearwater is sure to be a fabulous experience for the participants and spectators," said race co-organizer Frank Chivas.
The event's Principal Race Officer will be R. Fairlie Brinkley, Dunedin, FL, US Sailing Association Regional Race Officer. The International RS:X Class will be represented by Executive Secretary Andrus Poksi (Estonia), Course Representative Eva Jodlowska (Poland) and Class Measurer Raul Pasqualin (Brazil). The event will also benefit from the experience of a world-class International Jury, chaired by Chris Watts (Great Britain) and including Ann Newton (US), Henry Moore (US), Walter Mielke (Germany) and Luca Babini (Italy).