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19 April 2001, 09:16 am
Top Talent Gathers in Largs
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Volvo RYA Youth National Championships and Trials

Trials continue under the watchful eye of Sydney Medallists Ian Barker and local champion Shirley Robertson.
The 82 strong Laser Radial class stole the show as 16 year old Andy Brooks held his slender lead in a fleet brimming with talent from the Optimist and junior classes.

In the 29er class, pre event favourites and Inland, National and European Champions John Pink and Thomas Weeks saw the lead they have held from the beginning of the week snatched away from them in the breezier conditions, posting a sixteenth and twelfth today as John Grimson and Simon Marks now have control of the fleet.

The Hobie class is developing into a two horse race between Jamie Smith & Marcus Lynch and Jonathan Worthington & Tom Quayle . After eight races, Smith and Lynch lead the race to represent Great Britain at the 2001 Volvo Youth World Championships in France this July.

Mark Powell moved another step closer to sealing the Laser slot for 2001 Volvo Youth World Championships by adding two first's to his impressive scoreline but more significantly keeping Tim Hulse, the only man capable of stealing his glory, at bay this afternoon.

After a shaky start to their day, Victoria and Emma Rawlinson (Parkstone Yacht Club), current 420 Volvo Youth World Champions, pulled up to a countable fourth position in race one after noticing boats on the far right hand said sailing into more pressure. While they never recovered from the middle of the pack in race two, they still have a healthy cushion to ease them through the final few races and the pressure is now very much on the other girls teams to pull something special out of the bag to win the regatta and the selectors nod. .

In the boy's 420 class, brothers Athol and Eamonn King (Derwent Reservoir) maintained their advantage over Nic Asher and Paul Davies (WOBYC). With a fifteen point gap back to 2000 Volvo Youth World representative Paul Campbell - James (Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy), the place in France is likely to be decided by the leading two crews, who exchanged first and second places between them in today's windy but bitterly cold two races.
News Editor / Nigel Cherrie
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