A group of junior sailors did the city proud at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen, with the combined Hong Kong-Singapore Youth Team dominating their class over the weekend. The event at the Longcheer Yacht Club is possibly the biggest mainland regatta of its kind and the club will be a competition venue for next year's Universiade, or university games. The Youth Team got off to a bad start after arriving in Shenzhen. Jib trimmer Gerald William, 14, had to pull out for personal reasons. But fortunately, they found a replacement in Hong Kong's James Johnson, 13. James also took the 'youngest sailor title' for this year's cup from his teammate, Ryushda Jumali. The team was well known to sailors and spectators in Shenzhen. Last year, helmsman Cosmas Grelon and his father Philippe formed another team with other boys from Hong Kong called 'Tuatahi' and shocked everyone by coming in second overall in the Hong Kong Performance Number (HKPN) Division. This division handicaps crews according to their previous races. The Youth Team practised on Friday and went on to win both of their races on Saturday. Just before the start of Sunday's race, helmsman Cosmas told Young Post that the team were aiming even higher than last year's finish. 'We are now more familiar with the competition venue and know the level of our rivals. So we are aiming higher now. We want to be the champion of the division,' Cosmas said. The competition was fierce, and their main opponent, the Far East Team from China, did a great job on Sunday and won two races while the Youth Team only took one. The Youth Team also finished one race in fourth place. The Youth Team's results may have slipped a bit in later races, but they still kept their lead and ended up finishing first in the Far East 26 One-design Division. In the Beneteau-40.7 One-design Division, last year's champion Team Sheraton from South Africa beat out 29 other teams this year to successfully defend their title. Three Hong Kong teams - Red Sail, Avant Garde and Whiskey Jack - won all medals in the IRC B Division. Another team from Hong Kong, Elite Tigers, won the HKPN Division.