The World Sailing Council overwhelmingly accepted the iQFOiL Youth & Junior Class Application. This will entitle the Class to ﬁve (5) ofﬁcial world title, which will be distributed between the Youth (U19) and Junior (U17) age groups.
iQFOiL Youth & Junior is a One Design Class which allows youth and junior sailors to compete using a very similar package and racing similar formats to the senior Olympic discipline, allowing them to develop the skills and techniques that they will serve them well in their future Olympic campaigns.
Starboard is delighted to announce the iQFOiL Youth & Junior Class’ acquisition of official World Sailing status. This marks a big leap in Windsurﬁng for young windsurfers, as they can learn to foil, compete and progress through their youth careers (all the way up to U19 World Championships) on the one board.
The first U19 World Championships is set to take place in July 2021 and will enable young iQ Foilers to compete for one of the ﬁve ofﬁcial world titles that are up for grabs.
“Starboard’s goal is always to grow windsurﬁng and sailing, while getting everyone on board for ocean protection activism.
By creating a clear pathway with aspirational equipment, we invite sailing clubs around the world to get on board to initiate or expand their windsurﬁng programs. Together with World Sailing and classes like Kitefoiling, Techno, Optimist and Laser, we can get more people into our sport and increase the retention rate in sailing. My Optimist friends in Norway are excited about the potential of the iQFoil junior class as their next level of sailing, and I am excited to see integration within the sailing community, 54 years after Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer gave birth to our sport. FYI, we use the iQFoil 85 with the optional center box / ﬁn to teach entry level windsurfers at our HQ test center.”
Svein Rasmussen, founder of Starboard.”
“The iQFoil Junior equipment is so attractive that it will make loads of kids jump into windsurﬁng as we have seen with America’s Cup Stars windsurf foiling on the iQFOiL Senior equipment in their free time. Young sailors can have their ﬁrst foiling experience at a much younger age and at a much more affordable package than what they were used to. I think we will see a great growth in our beautiful windsurﬁng sport. Exciting times for the iQFOiL Youth&Junior Class!“
iQFoil Class Manager and former PWA Foil World Champion, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel.
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