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22 April 2004, 09:44 am
Light Winds Frustrate Sailors
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New Zealand Youth Sail

On Day Two of the Yachting New Zealand Youth Sail Regatta, sailors were faced with long periods of waiting, as light fluctuating winds faced Race Officers trying to get racing underway.
A light southerly filled in on and off throughout the day but only long enough to complete two races for all fleets except for the Mistral boardsailors. Conditions were not ideal for sailing, with large wind shifts making tactical decisions very tough for all sailors. Although only two races were sailed it was still a long day for sailors, some who spent over seven hours on the water waiting for breeze.

The 420 sailors closed up in their overall points with the top four crews only four points apart. Leading the pack are Auckland sailors Myles CLEAVE and Philip ROBERTSON with a win in Race Five. Cleave commented on the day's racing. "We've managed to get good starts in the regatta so far, which was an area of weakness for us, so we are pretty pleased with how things are going". In second place are Alastair THOMPSON and Scott ILLINGWORTH who are tied on points with Canterbury sailors Riley DEAN and John LITTLE. This is a pleasing start for Dean who after a successful win in the Tanner Cup P Class Nationals earlier this year, has only recently moved into the 420 and is showing great form.

Laser sailor Blair MCLAY increased his lead after winning four of the five races, showing that after his successful fourth place at the Laser Radial Open World Championships he will be a favourite to win this regatta.

The Laser Radial women's fleet is starting to show the leader with Jo ALEH six points ahead of second place sailor Jane MONK from Dunedin. This is Monk's first major regatta in the Laser Radial and after a second win in the series today, she will be extremely happy with her results. Only one point back and tied on third are Jane MACKY and Grace NIXON.

Another young sailor class jumping is P Class sailor Susannah PYATT from Auckland. Susannah PYATT recently gained selection in the Optimist class to represent New Zealand at the Optimist World Championships later this year and is currently lying in second overall. This is one sailor to watch in the future as she progresses through the classes.

Racing in the Hobie 16 class closed up today with Michael THORPE and Rosie SARGISSON wining both races to now lie one point ahead of Rory GODMAN and Corey BRUCE from Dunedin.

Racing in the Splash and Starling continued as sailors started to show their form in the light conditions while the Mistral sailors only got the one race away so with only two races sailed in the series, they have a lot of catching up to do in the next two days.

"It was pleasing to see a number of sailors sailing very well in the challenging conditions, and concentration paid a large role in today's racing", commented John BULLOT - Chairman of the Jury.

Full results are available on the Kohimarama Yacht Club Website via the link below.
Julie Worth (As Amended by ISAF)
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