Weymouth bound in 2012?


 
British Hobie 16 sailor Tom Phipps is on track to follow Chris Dickson as being one of the few double Youth Worlds winners
The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, pitting the world's finest 13-18 year old sailors against one another in a variety of classes including the Laser, Laser Radial, 420, Hobie 16 catamaran and RS:X board, is currently underway out of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. Aside from being an opportunity to see how the new facility operates in anger as it hosts its most high profile international event to date, the Youth Worlds provides an opportunity to see who the next up-and-coming Ainslies, Coutts and Dicksons are lurking around the international youth fleets. Since it was first held in Sweden in 1971 it has produced notable winners such as Chris Dickson (1979 and 1980), Russell Coutts (1981), Stuart Childerley (1984), Andy Beadsworth (1985), Kevin Hall (1986), Stu Bannatyne (1989), Dean Barker (1990), Robert Scheidt (1991), Carolijn Brouwer (1991), Ben Ainslie (1995), Nick Rogers (1995), Siren Sundby (2000), etc En track to join Dickson as one of the event's rare double winners is Britain's Hobie 16 sailor Tom Phipps who won the catamaran class with his regular crew Jonathan Cook two years ago in Gdynia, Poland and who was runner up to the Australia duo of Evan Walker and Kyle Langford at the Youth Worlds last year in Korea. Here in Weymouth Phipps is well on his way to a second gold, dominating the Hobie 16 on a mere 9 points to the second placed Singapore duo's 24. Above: Tom Phipps (left) and Richard Glover On this occasion Phipps is sailing with Richard Glover, his regular crew Jonathan Fells having broken his collarbone in a snowboarding incident just before the selections. "I had to team up with a completely different person for the selections and I got one of my friends from Falmouth who is a good Hobie 16 sailor," recounts Phipps. "We

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