Buenos Aires 2018 qualification wraps up as Notice of Race released

After 11 months of international events, the qualification phase for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games set to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6 - 18 October has concluded.
Across 16 regattas, 43 nations booked their spot on the start line, joining Argentina who qualify for all five events as host nation. Buenos Aires 2018 will feature exactly 100 sailors aged 15-18 competing across Windsurfing, Kiteboarding and Multihull Events.

As the nations start to name the sailors who will compete in Buenos Aires, World Sailing has released the Notice of Race for the 2018 YOG.

Click here for the Notice of Race.

The Notice of Race states the key conditions for the five sailing events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and includes details on the rules, regulations, entry guidelines, format, scoring, schedule, venue and courses.

After the Opening Ceremony on 6 October, the Men's and Women's Windsurfing competition, raced on the Techno 293 Plus will start the competition on 7 October.

Buenos Aires will see the introduction of innovation within the sport with Men's and Women's Kiteboarding, IKA Twin Tip Racing and a Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15, added to the programme of events to provide thrills and spills at YOG.

The IKA Twin Tip Racing fleets and Nacra 15 fleet will join the Techno 293 Plus competitors on the water on 8 October with the start of their race week.

At Buenos Aires 2018, the Windsurfer fleets will sail slalom and fleet racing courses whilst the Kiteboarding fleets will race on short track boarder cross with obstacles on the racing area. The Nacra 15s will sail fleet racing courses close to the shore.

On 12 October, the Windsurfing fleets will conclude their competition with the Kiteboarding and Multihull fleets wrapping up on 13 October.

About the Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games brings 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes who are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, Ian Barrows (ISV) and Lara Vadlau (AUT) won gold on the Boys and Girls One Person Dinghy, Byte CII, whilst Mayan Rafic (ISR) and Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) took the honours in the Boys and Girls Windsurfer, Techno 293.

Nanjing, China hosted the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Singaporean sailors Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom made it double gold for their nation in the Byte CII. Argentina's Francisco Saubidet Birkner and China's Linli Wu took the honours in the Techno 293.

Buenos Aires will welcome sailors across five events in 2018. The Men's and Women's Techno293 Plus fleets will feature 24 athletes each, the Kiteboarding events will welcome 12 in each fleet and the Nacra 15 will see 14 boats and 28 athletes on the startline.