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U23 Finn World Championship opens in Hungary

The 2017 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfüred was officially declared open Monday in a ceremony overlooking Lake Balaton.

The British GAC Pindar U23 squad has been busy preparing for the Silver Cup with a series of training camps in Weymouth, led by coach James Hadden, a former British Sailing Team member.

The squad of six have made significant improvements. Cameron Tweedle won the BFA Travellers Trophy last year for the best overall performance at UK events while Callum Dixon finished fifth in the UK National Championships.

They have both gained valuable experience by competing at senior international level this year at Palamos, Palma, Hyeres, Marseille and Kiel.

Cameron Tweedle - Click image for a larger image

Tweedle is quietly optimistic. “At last year’s Silver Cup in Aarhus, I came 19th overall whilst posting some top 10 results through out the week."

“Balaton is a notoriously light wind venue, this will test me in many different ways to previous competition.”

Of the other squad members, Markus Bettum also competed at Palma and Kiel and James Skulczuk, who joined the squad late last year, competed at Kiel.

Markus, James and Joe Stocker have had to juggle their competition programme around university exams but are now able to concentrate on preparation for the U23 World Championships.

The BFA U23 squad are part of the largest national team at the Silver Cup, joining British Sailing Team members Hector Simpson and Henry Wetherell in the 48 boat Silver Cup fleet.

Earlier in the day around 25 sailors went out for the practice race. With winds varying from 5 to over 20 knots, it provided a slight taste of the challenges ahead with big shifts and pressure changes across the course.

By the second top mark, the 2011 champion Arkadiy Kistanov was in front of the seven boats remaining in the race and led the fleet back to shore ready for the 10.00 scheduled start on Tuesday.

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