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31 July 2011, 01:43 pm
Spain And Italy Lead the Way At Laser 4.7 Worlds
Italy's Zorzi Cecila
Italy's Zorzi Cecila

Laser 4.7 Youth World Championship
San Francisco, USA

Italy's Zorzi Cecila leads the Girls fleet at the Laser 4.7 World Championship in San Francisco, USA by 15 points after day three. In the Boys fleet Spain's Gonzalez Sammarco Francisco has a four point advantage over compatriot Rosello Carlos.
Saturday morning on San Francisco Bay saw clearer skies for the first race of the day for the girls fleet.

After noticing the big opportunity Greek sailor Athanasia Fakidi found yesterday to port tack the fleet from the very open pin end, "the girls today," according to photographer Chris Ray, "crowded the pin end RC boat, which actually got tapped a few times."

No stone goes unturned with these girls. After a long course, Greek sailor Vasileia Karachaliou rounded the leeward mark ahead, only to be passed by two of her competitors as they headed back upwind. Kim Plitkin finished first, but was OCS; regatta leader Cecilia Zorzi (ITA) got the win, followed by Karachaliou and Nagisa Karis Sakai of Hong Kong.

In the second of the girls races, Italian Anna Liebman won the race, but Cecilia Zorzi still leads the event with only six points after six races. Kim Pletikin, in second with 21 points, and Line Hoest, in third with 29, have a tough challenge over the next three days in trying to hold their places and get ahead of Zorzi.

The boys yellow and blue fleets started on time at 14:00 local time on Saturday. After a recall, the races started under black flag and nine boats were flagged. After all clear starts in both fleets, the boys headed upwind in a building ebb with wind ranging from 13-17 knots.

The wing marks tended to make the race into a contact sport as the boys converged to get the closest rounding they can, jibe, and head to the leeward mark on a high speed reach. Nevertheless the Spanish regatta leaders Francisco Gonzalez in first with six points and Carlos Rosello in second with ten points, along with Hong Kong's Keiju Okada in third with 22 points bobbed and weaved their way through the traffic to finish ahead of the fleet.

Results and race information are at www.sflaserworlds.com
Paige Brooks (As Amended by ISAF)
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