Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Emerging Nations Programme was set up to help create opportunities and better prepare young sailors as they build up to the 2015 ISAF Youth Worlds (Dec 27-Jan 3) in Langkawi, Malaysia.

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ISAF hosted regional performance clinics in five continents to provide class specific coaching expertise. Training tips, rules sessions and more were also delivered to enable young sailors to become better all-round competitors.

"Through initiatives such as the Youth Worlds Emerging Nations Programme, ISAF is focused on reducing the performance gap between nations,” says ISAF President Carlo Croce. “ISAF will be monitoring the sailors post-event and ensuring our MNAs have access to on-going high level support.”

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"We hope this programme will not only create champions of the future but will enable increasing participation in the Youth Worlds and enhance the long term participation in the Youth Olympics and Olympic Games. Excitement, youths and sailing equal the perfect formula for success," continued Croce.

The Youth Worlds Emerging Nations Programme will provide significant funding subsidies to one coach and up to three sailors (minimum one female) per emerging nation. This will give both the coaches and sailors a greater chance to build knowledge and further develop national training schemes in their home countries, for future generations to benefit from.

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Through a seven-day intense programme, which culminates in a two-day regatta, the ENP sailors and coaches worked on development of skills both on and off the water. Alongside traditional sailing skills and coaching techniques, they were fronted with an ISAF TV presence to further their media skills and enhance sailing's profile within their nation.

Upon completion of each regional performance clinic, attending nations were encouraged to apply for up to two ISAF Youth Worlds 'ENP Scholarships'. ISAF then provided successful candidates with additional financial support for attendance at the 2015 ISAF Youth Worlds, including entry fees and equipment charter.

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Clinics were held in the following locations:

Suva, Fiji:  April 24-30
Balatonfüred, Hungary: May 9-15
Maputo, Mozambique: May16-22
National Sailing Academy, Antigua: July 14-21
Langkawi, Malaysia: October 24-30