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  • Siese wins Sailing Youth Olympic Berth

    @ Mon Jul 5 17:21:00 2010

    July 4, 2010 – Hamilton, Bermuda

    15-year-old Owen Siese won the right to represent Bermuda at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Sailing on Sunday, the final day of the four-day YOG Selection Trials. The Trials were run by the Byte Class of Bermuda in the Great Sound and hosted by the Spanish Point Boat Club. Owen was able to beat out 5 other hopefuls with a strong performance throughout the trial’s 16 races, which were sailed in varied conditions over 3 weekends.

    Siese, representing the Sandys Boat Club, started the second half of the trials on Saturday morning tied with Kalin Hillier, both with 16 points. Saturday’s weather tested the boys with 14 -18 knot northerlies. Siese was able to post three 1st place finishes and a 2nd to enter the final day with a comfortable 17 point lead after Hillier unfortunately found himself saddled with equipment problems which kept him from finishing the first 3 races of the day. Sunday’s conditions were quite different from the previous day with a light winds from the northwest, testing the sailors’ patience and skill as the breeze scattered sparingly across the course. Dimitri Stevens was the top sailor of the day while once again Siese and Hillier found themselves tied on points for Sunday’s racing.

    Final Results – 2010 Youth Olympic Selection Trials

    1st Owen Siese – 22 points
    2nd Kalin Hillier – 33 points
    3rd Dimitri Stevens – 35 points
    4th Raheim Steede – 48 points
    5th Mackenzie Cooper – 65 points
    6th Alex Davis – 69 points

    Siese will join young local athletes from triathlon and athletics plus 3 officials to form the Bermuda Youth Olympic Team for the first ever Youth Olympic Games. The games will take place in Singapore and will run from August 14 to 26. The Warwick Academy student will compete against 34 sailors in the Boy’s Sailing Competition in the Byte Dinghy and will be accompanied by sailing coach Pablo Weber who has been training the local Byte sailors for the last year. Siese has attended the CORK regatta, North American Championships and two World Championships over the last 12 months along with other local Byte Class sailors and Coach Weber.

    At his last overseas event in April, the Byte World Championships in France, the current Bermuda National Byte Champion was able to sail against many of the competitors he is due to face in Singapore and finished 9th overall after hovering in the top 5 for most of the regatta. Since then Siese and the other sailors have been training hard on the water and working out in the gym leading up to the selection trials. Further Byte Class training will continue from the Spanish Point Boat Club in the coming weeks and will include lining up against both local and foreign Byte sailors with an aim to provide Bermuda’s Youth Olympic Sailor with tough competition making sure he is “battle ready” at the penultimate event.

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  • Byte CII World Championships

    @ Wed Apr 7 15:26:00 2010

    Byte CII World Championships
    Cannes, France
    Race Results Day 1

    The first day of races for the Byte CII World Championships opened under generally sunny but hazy conditions. The seas were calm with only a moderate ocean swell from the Mediterranean affecting the race course. Temperatures turned out to be fairly moderate with them hovering in the 65 degrees F range. Wind conditions were light and shifting at about 8 knots for the afternoon, in marked contrast to the forecast of 13 – 16 knots for the day.

    The regatta officially started with a practice race, which was then immediately followed by three races.

    In race 1, Bermuda had an impressive placing with Owen Siese coming in 2nd behind the reigning World Champion from Singapore. Following him, Bermuda placed 13th (Kalin Hillier), 27th (Rahiem Steede), 32nd (Dimitri Stevens) and 38th (Alexander Davis) out of a total fleet of 44 male participants.

    Race 2 had the following results; 12th (Kalin Hillier), 16th (Owen Siese), 23rd (Dimitri Stevens), 33rd (Rahiem Steede), and 35th (Alexander Davis).

    Race 3 had the following results; 8th (Owen Siese), 17th (Rahiem Steede), 19th (Kalin Hillier), 29th (Dimitri Stevens), and 39th (Alexander Davis).

    Overall results after three races;

    Owen Siese 5th
    Kalin Hillier 12th
    Rahiem Steede 24th
    Dimitri Stevens 30th
    Alexander Davis 41st

    The Bermuda Team Coaches are happy with the race results today, and have great expectations for the rest of the Regatta.

    Five of Bermuda’s Youth Olympic hopefuls are ready to start the Byte CII World Championships tomorrow after a week of training and preparation on the French Riviera. Hosted by the Yacht Club de Cannes in Cannes, France, the 16 race regatta begins tomorrow afternoon after a morning practice race and will take 5 days to complete. Alex Davis led the team during the opening ceremonies followed by the rest of Team Bermuda consisting of Rahiem Steede, Kalin Hillier, Dimitri Stevens and Owen Siese. 68 male and female sailors from 28 countries were welcomed by the President of the Cannes Yacht Club, the President of the Byte International Federation and the President of the French Sailing Federation. Wind conditions for tomorrow are expected to be quite different from the lighter conditions they have experienced during the past week. The forecast is for 13 – 16 knots under sunny but cool conditions with temps expected in the low sixties. The fleet will be divided in to male and female flights for the regatta.

    Two thirds of the fleet have already qualified for the Youth Olympic Games and are using this event to gauge their standing amongst the Olympic talent. The end result of this regatta will not only show the world who the contenders are but will also determine the amount of work required for teams off the pace wishing to get near the podium. Coach Pablo Weber feels that Bermuda has the potential to do well but will experience their strongest competition to date, especially from the European sailors and the Singapore team. Singapore’s sailors attend a special government funded elite athlete school which allow them the ability to train every day of the year with world class coaches, equipment and facilities.

    Bermuda sailing has already qualified for a berth in the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore this August after Rahiem Steede’s steady performance at the North American Championships held last month in the Cayman Islands. The Byte Class of Bermuda are in the process of making a recommendation to the Bermuda Sailing Association in regard to the proposed selection process which will dictate how the one sailor who will represent Bermuda will be chosen. Team Bermuda is being coached by Pablo and Dino Weber and the Team Leader is James Davis.

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  • Four of Bermuda's Sailors in Top Ten at Qualifier

    @ Fri Mar 12 13:00:00 2010

    Rahiem Steede

    Blustery conditions prevailed during the first day of the Byte North American Championships held on the North Sound, Grand Cayman, a regatta also serving as the Youth Olympic Qualifier for North America. Steady breeze ranging from 17 – 24 knots from the east south east kept the 32 Byte sailors on their toes, especially the lighter ones, with a number of boats retiring from each of the 2 races held today. Ian Bruce, designer of the Byte and the provider of the charter boats for the event looked out from the balcony of the Cayman Island Sailing Club with a bit of worry visible on his face hoping for little or no gear failure since there are limited spare boats and parts available. As it turned out only minor repairs were required.

    The early leader after 2 races is Ian Barrows from US Virgin Islands followed by Eugene Hendrix from the Netherland Antilles (Curacao). Bermuda’s Rahiem Steede had a great day along with Kalin Hillier ending 3rd and 4th repectively for the day. Next was sailor from Spain who has already qualified at the European Championships closely followed by Dimitri Stevens. Rounding out the top ten was the Cuban sailor followed by Just Van Anholt from the Netherland Antilles and and then Owen Siese.

    The top 4 eligible countries will gain spots for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this August. Bermuda is firmly entrenched around the top of the leaderboard which bodes well for the rest of the event. Our sailors showed that they can sail with the best in the hardest of conditions, more of which is forecast for tomorrow. Expected conditions for Saturday through Monday show lighter winds which will benefit most of the Bermuda team.

    Coaches Pablo and Dino Weber were pleased with the performances for day one and are looking to the Bermuda sailors in the top ten to consolidate their positions to secure the olympic berth. The Weber Brothers are coaching 8 of the top 10 sailors at this event so far, with some guests and fellow sparring partners joining Team Bermuda here in the Cayman Islands.

    Following the first day of racing a wonderful welcome reception was held at the beachside Government House for all competitors, coaches and officials.


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  • Cayman Islands Hosts Latest Youth Olympic Games Qualifier

    @ Thu Mar 11 17:48:00 2010

    Sixteen nations are set to start racing in the waters of Grand Cayman on 10 March for the Byte CII North American Championship and for the four boy’s and four girl’s country qualifying positions in the upcoming 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games.
    ISAF Vice-President Teo Ping Low from Singapore spent one of the pre-regatta training days at the Cayman Islands Sailing Centre, hosts of the event, meeting many of the young 15 and 16 year old sailors.

    Twelve Caribbean nations together with Canada, Guatemala, Bermuda and USA have arrived in the Cayman Islands for Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Qualifier in the Boy’s and Girl’s One Person Dinghy events. The top four nations in each event will secure their qualification to compete at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore this August.

    Numerous training sessions that have been taking place for the last three days amongst all the nations. A practice race kicks off the 16 race series on Wednesday.

    Take a look at the Byte Championship website for images of the teams, latest results and more.

    Click here for visit the Byte Champs site


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  • Singapore Unveils Official Logo Of The Inaugural Youth Olympic Games

    ISAF @ Tue Jan 13 09:32:00 2009

    Spirit of Youth – the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo – celebrates Singapore 2010 in an adventurous, open and fun way. It evokes the Singaporean sense of confidence and progress. A red flame represents the passion to learn and the power of positive thinking. A purple star symbolises excellence and the pride of representing one’s nation. A crescent reflects dynamic youth, full of promise. The active appearance of the “Singapore 2010” word mark comprises individual and unique characters that signify harmony among the diverse participants. The Spirit of Youth inspires all of us to express the Olympic spirit and celebrate the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.

    “The launch of the logo today is a major milestone for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games,” said NG Ser Miang, Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC). “The logo is an important symbol of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. It embodies the vision of Singapore 2010 – Inspiring Youth, Sporting Singapore, and expresses the significance and legacy that we hope Singapore 2010 will have on the lives of Singaporeans and youths around the world before, during and after the Games.”

    The Singapore 2010 logo was launched at the CAN! event at the Singapore Management University Campus Green. CAN! stands for Create Action Now and is a call on youths to be part of Singapore 2010. The event was put together by students from the Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Management and the Singapore Management University.

    The day-long event was packed with fun-filled activities ranging from the CAN! Run, a non-competitive 2010 metres run in the heart of the city to celebrate Singapore 2010; CAN! Play, a carnival featuring sports try-outs for wrestling, handball, modern pentathlon and a 3-on-3 basketball competition; as well as CAN! Party, a concert featuring youth talents and local artistes.

    Adding to the anticipation and excitement of the day was a launch mechanism, measuring 7.6 metres by 2.5 metres and with a depth of two metres, specially devised to launch the logo. A combination of mechanism, featuring all the Youth Olympic Games sports, was triggered by mechanical means and saw 26 nimble and rapid transitions under one minute and 50 seconds. A timer then lit up and led the crowd to count down to the unveiling of the logo.

    The launch mechanism was created by a group of Nanyang Technological University students from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Art, Design and Media who had worked under the guidance of their supervisors.

    GOH Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of SYOGOC, said “The logo launch event today shows how young people can come together and be part of Singapore 2010. I am encouraged by the passion that these youths have for Singapore 2010. They made this event possible and they have done an excellent job!”

    About Singapore 2010

    Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14-26 August 2010. A new initiative by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the YOG seeks to engage the youth of the world through the twin pillars of sport, and culture and education.

    The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will receive some 3,600 athletes and 800 officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with an estimated 800 media representatives and more than 500,000 spectators. Young athletes – aged from 14 to 18 years – will compete in 26 sports and take part in cultural and educational activities.

    The sailing competition at the Youth Olympic Games comprises 100 young sailors, aged 15-16 years, competing across four events: one person dinghy men; one person dinghy women; windsurfing men; and windsurfing women.

    Find out more on the Youth Olympic Games at www.sailing.org/youtholympicgames.

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    The Singapore 2010 logo, ‘Spirit of Youth’
    ©SYOGOC


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