The IOC launched the Youth Olympic Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City in July 2007. The Games aim to bring together talented young athletes - age group 14 to 18 - from around the world in an event which balances sport, education and culture.
Buenos Aires 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina was chosen to host the third Summer Youth Olympic Games on 06 - 18th October 2018.
The proposal of Buenos Aires 2018 is to serve as a catalyst - through cultural, sport, and educational activities based on Olympism and its values, in addition to the infrastructure works that are on the way - for human, urban and social development in the city.
The goal is to leave a real mark and legacy before, during, and after the Games, by bringing sports closer to people and creating activities that promote culture and education.
There will be a total of 31 sports with athletes aged between 15 - 18 years, from 206 countries.
Sailing will be held out of Club Náutico San Isidro. The five sailing events include, Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboarding (Twin Tip Racing), Girl’s and Boy’s Windsurfing (Techno 293+) and the Mixed Multihull (Nacra 15).
The Techno 293+ and Nacra 15 will race in fleets of supplied, equally matched boats with a mass start, seeing the athletes jostling for the best position even before the race starts. They then race around a course at the same time trying to use the wind and their skills to get ahead of the fleet.
All races are conducted around a course of marker buoys laid out by the Race Committee and they incorporate a variety of different sailing angles: upwind, downwind and reaching. There may be one, two or possibly three laps required to complete a race. The Race Committee will decide on how many laps are required immediately prior to the start of the race, and this depends upon wind conditions and the length of the course.
The Twin Tip Racing Kiteboarding uses a system of two heats with 6-8 athletes each and then a final to calculate the winner for a race. The kiteboarding course is shorter and closer to shore than a fleet racing course however it may include obstacles to challenge the athletes in the stronger winds.
Lake Jinniu hosted 101 sailors for the second Youth Olympic Sailing Competition.
Bernie Chin of Singapore claimed the One Person Dinghy Boy’s (Byte CII) title and Samantha Jing Yi Yom made it double Singapore gold by claiming the Girl’s One Person Dinghy (Byte CII) title.
Argentina’s Francisco Saubidet Birkner was victorious in the Boy’s Windsurfer (Techno 293) and China’s Linli Wu won the Girl’s Techno 293 on her home waters.
One hundred sailors competed in four sailing events.
Ian Barrows (ISV) took gold in the One Person Dinghy Boy’s (Byte CII) and London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympian Lara Vadlau (AUT) was victorious in the One Person Dinghy Girl’s (Byte CII).
In the Windsurfing fleets, Mayan Rafic (ISR) came out on top in the Boy’s Techno 293 and Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) picked up gold in the Girl’s Techno 293.