With only one day until the racing begins at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Texas, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are set to perform in the Nacra 15 division.
A relatively new team to the fleet, Will and Evie have achieved some exceptional results over the last few months including first at both the 2018 Nacra 15 National Championship and the 2018 Australian Youth Nacra 15 Championships, 2nd in the U16 division at the World Championships in Barcelona and 3rd at the Singaporean Nacra 15 National Championships. In addition to selection for the Australian Youth Sailing team at the Youth Worlds, their outstanding performances also qualified the pair for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires later this year.
Will has sailed competitively since he was ten years old in a variety of classes in Sabots, Optimists and Lasers. Despite being afraid of the wind when he began Will quickly progressed and represented Australia at the Optimist World Championships when he was 13 years old.
Likewise, Evie has been involved in the sailing community since she was very young. Having competed in at a national level in Sabots, Flying 11's and 29ers, the Youth Worlds will be her second time representing Australia at an international event.
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Article: Zac Quinlan
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