News from the Worlds and AGM 2021

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“We enjoyed a very competitive Worlds in Berlin. With three professional teams on the starting line, it was good to see the 50 strong Corinthian fleet gave them a run for their money. The class is still strong!“ This is how Maarten sums up the very successful Worlds 2021. It was a great event. Perfectly organized, great hospitality, super sailing conditions with surprisingly much wind. Top race committee, training possibility before the event, magnificent social program …. the bar is high for the upcoming World Championships”

The 2021 World Championship title has been won by Yska Minks, Jildau Toonstra-ter Horst and Wouter Toonstra from the Netherlands, followed by the Australian David Chapman and his crew Ute Wagner and Luisa Krüger. In third place were the defending champions Maarten Jamin, Cristel Pessers and Jaap Smolders from the Netherlands. Congratulations to all!

Just prior to the Worlds performance tests with the New Yngling were carried out at Müggelsee, where the Worlds took place. During the tests, there was no visible difference in speed or in maneuvers between “old” boats and the new boat. The Technical Committee endorsed the building of new Yngling Class boats using vinyl ester and applying infusion technique and will monitor performance characteristics over coming years. IYA supports the building of two more boats with € 5’300 each.

The Jan and Chris Harper Trophy shall be awarded to persons who contribute or have contributed to the development of the Yngling Class. There were three strong applications, the jury (the Executive Committee) gave the perpetual trophy to Heinz and Evi John, GER 17. They have promoted the fleet in Berlin in the last 10 years through tireless commitment and with a lot of heart and passion. Their work was instrumental in increasing the number of boats on Berlin’s waters from 5 to 35 since 2011! A remarkable result – many thanks for that and congratulations to the award.

The Executive Committee (EC) has two new members. Anna Bertling (NED), who already acted as Social Media Officer, was now elected to the EC. Anna is also in the management of Yngling Holland with responsibility for racing, another competence she is bringing to our EC. Sally Jacquemin (USA), president of Yngling USA, is joining the EC to strengthen the bonds between USA and IYA. Sally will act as advisor and carry out special tasks. Welcome both, Anna and Sally!

The next Open Worlds take place in Koper, Slovenia, July 22 – 29, 2022. Our host club will be JK Jadro Koper, a club with a great sailing past and presence – like our host club in Berlin. Country, city and the club are all beautiful places, the people of Koper have a warm, Mediterranean culture. Hope to see you there!

For 2023 we have asked Denmark to host the Worlds. In January 2024, the Worlds should take place in Sydney. Our Australian friends are investigating the possibilities. For the boat transport a generous sponsorship is in prospect: one boat to Sydney and back should not cost more than € 1’500. We will keep you informed.

For more details, please refer to the AGM protocol, which has been published on the IYA website.

Walter Baumgartner, August 23, 2021