Youth Sailing World Championship Racing Begins

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 23:32:10-04

The Coastal Bend winds and warm waters did not disappoint the nearly 300 young competitors who are vying for a top finish in the Youth World Sailing Championships. 

"Seems like in Texas that you are getting the same everyday…like 15-20 knots and it’s always a bit choppy, because it’s always nice and warm in Texas," Australian competitor, Evie Haseldine told KZTV.

There are 66 countries competing in this event and their flags proudly wave along Shoreline Drive. The launching and retrieving of different sailboats will be occurring all week on MaGee Beach and docking can be witnessed from Water’s Edge Park. The opportunity to witness these seasoned sailors is free and open to the public.

"For me the conditions were quite difficult shifts, I had the feeling I was always on the wrong side, so not so nice , but in the end I contended in the top 10 so it was OK," German competitor,  Julia Buesselberg said.

Closing ceremonies for the event will take place at the American Bank Center on Friday in an Olympic-medal style finish. For updated results and information on the Youth World Sailing Championships click here.