2020 World Championship for the Junior Sailing Team
It’s with great pleasure to announce that Phuket Yacht Club youth sailors, Zac Duncanson, Luan Heitmann and Michael Beckett have registered and will be competing in the 2020 O’pen Skiff World Championship.
Junior Sailing 2020 World Championship
Scheduled in July and sailed in the Mediterranean waters off Sardinia, Italy. The regatta has already attracted 209 entries from throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand and is sanctioned by yacht racing’s governing body, World Sailing. https://worlds2020.openskiff.org
We’re of course very proud and excited to have three members of the PYC junior sailing program participating on the world stage in this new, junior sailing class called the O’pen Skiff.
These young junior sailors aged just 11 and 12 have acquired their sailing skills at the club and have been thoroughly enjoying themselves for the past 2 to 3 years sailing in the protected waters of Chalong Bay.
The 2020 World Championship is going to be a fantastic opportunity for them to make new friends and will be their first experience sailing at an international level.
A new generation junior sailing dinghy
The Open Skiff is a new generation junior sailing dinghy class for ages 7-17. Designed and built in France it’s fast, wet and exhilarating and quickly becoming the first step on the pathway to high performance dinghies used in the Olympic games.
With well over 10,000 boats built to date the boat is tough, very low maintenance and most importantly very well priced making it ideal for schools and private ownership.
Scott Duncanson the Commodore at PYC says:
I see the PYC junior sailing program becoming an increasingly vital and integral part of the club’s structure to ensure our future into this decade and beyond.
Although sailing and yacht racing remains relatively strong in the region it is becoming more and more difficult to find capable crew which can be a detractor for those considering boat ownership.
I’m positive that developing our youth with a passion for sailing and the sea cannot just increase participation in the sport but also lead to professional opportunities later their lives both in Phuket and beyond.
The Open Skiff World Championship commences July 12 and concludes on the 18th. Phuket Yacht Club offers learn to sail programs for ages 7 and above is open to everybody with an interest in water sports and activities.