Knys­na sai­lor joins be­st of the be­st

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport - Sup­p­lied

A sai­lor from Knys­na has been cho­sen as one of just eig­ht sai­lors wor­ld­wi­de to be in­vi­ted by Wor­ld Sai­ling to ta­ke part in the E­mer­ging Na­ti­ons Pro­gram­me (ENP) in Aar­hus, Den­mark a­he­ad of the 2018 Sai­ling Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hips.

Da­ve S­hil­ton will be joi­ned by Ca­pe To­wn­ba­sed Con­stan­tin Hat­zi­lam­bros – who re­pre­sents Na­mi­bia – al­ong with sai­lors from Ber­mu­da, Cu­ba, Iran, Hong Kong, Ser­bia, and Ve­ne­zu­e­la. All of t­he­se sai­lors will be­ne­fit from co­a­ching and sup­port be­fo­re and du­ring the cham­pi­ons­hip, which ta­kes pla­ce from 30 Ju­ly to 12 Au­gust t­his y­e­ar.

S­hil­ton will be part of a strong field of 100 Finn sai­lors at the c­ham­pi­ons­hips, and says he can’t wait.

First so­lo ra­ce

“I ha­ve al­ways wan­ted to sail a Finn at the hig­hest le­vel, so meet­ing and ra­cing a­gainst the be­st guys in the wor­ld will be so­mething re­al­ly spe­ci­al for me,” says the 28-y­e­ar-old for­mer na­vy di­ver. “Al­so, I ha­ve sai­led four ot­her wor­ld champs on ot­her bo­ats, but t­his will be the very first one by my­self on an in­di­vi­du­al bo­at. Going to Den­mark is hu­ge for me, I'd li­ke to see how well I can do.”

The Finn field at the wor­ld c­ham­pi­ons­hips was, in fact, in­cre­a­sed from 80 four y­e­ars ago to 100 be­cau­se it is such a com­pe­ti­ti­ve class. Tho­se 100 en­tries re­pre­sent 44 dif­fe­rent coun­tries.

Get­ting 100% re­a­dy

He­ad of the wor­ld c­ham­pi­ons­hips or­ga­ni­sing com­mit­tee Klaus Na­torp says, “T­his is gre­at as we want to at­tract as ma­ny na­ti­ons as pos­si­ble. We are al­so look­ing for­ward to wel­co­me the Finn class and the new na­ti­ons at the next ENP camp. The gre­at col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the O­lym­pic Clas­ses and Wor­ld Sai­ling has ma­de t­his pos­si­ble.”

Me­an­w­hi­le, s­pea­king a­bout that two­week build-up on the E­mer­ging Na­ti­ons Pro­gram­me a­he­ad of the c­ham­pi­ons­hips, S­hil­ton reckons, “I am so gra­te­ful they are doing that for us. It will be a­we­so­me to ha­ve pro­per co­a­ching, I will le­arn so much, and it will al­so ma­ke su­re I'm 100% re­a­dy for the e­vent.”

Vi­ce pre­si­dent of SA Sai­ling Pe­ter Hall says, “We wish Da­ve all the be­st as he ta­kes on the be­st in the wor­ld in Den­mark. It is won­der­ful that he has been in­vi­ted by Wor­ld Sai­ling to ta­ke part in the pro­gram­me le­a­ding up to the c­ham­pi­ons­hips to gi­ve him the be­st pos­si­ble pre­pa­ra­ti­on. We ha­ve no doubt he will be­ne­fit gre­at­ly and we look for­ward to seeing w­hat he can a­chie­ve in Aar­hus.” –

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Da­ve S­hil­ton, a sai­lor from Knys­na, in his e­le­ment. S­hil­ton will soon be he­a­ding to the E­mer­ging Na­ti­ons Pro­gram­me in Aar­hus, Den­mark a­he­ad of the 2018 Sai­ling Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hips.

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