Australian Sailing Youth Exchange – Karatsu, Japan
Six Australian Sailing youth athletes will fly to Japan on Sunday April 30 to take part in the joint-training exercises with Japanese sailors as a part of the exchange program.
Earlier this year, Australian Sailing announced a partnership agreement with the Japan Sailing Federation that would provide sailors, officials and coaching staff with a team training base in Japan and the opportunity for youth sailors to participate in an exchange program.
This year, Australian Sailing Youth Coaches, Tristan Brown and Craig Ferris will be travelling to Karatsu with the six youth sailors in the Laser Radial and 420 classes. Zachary Littlewood and Elyse Ainsworth will be sailing in the Laser Radial while Laura Harding, Ella Grimshaw, Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone will be in the 420s.
“We look forward to testing ourselves again the Japanese sailors,” Tristan said. “This exchange program is a great opportunity for our youth sailors to learn a few things about themselves and their international counterparts.
“Travelling to Japan will also be a great chance for our sailors to experience a very different culture that is rich in history.”
The regatta element to the exchange opportunity will be from May 5 to 7. Updates will be posted on the Australian Sailing Youth social channels.