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18 April 2001, 08:12 am
Young Champions In The Making
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Volvo RYA British Youth National Championships

Inches And Seconds Decide Leadership Of Laser Class
Exciting battles continued to develop in several classes at 2001 Volvo RYA Youth National Championships and Trials in Largs today as sailors refuse to give an inch in the contest for provisional leadership of the series, even with three days left to decide the seven titles on offer.

While the Laser Radial fleet has brought the biggest class, the Laser standard fleet, of which there are 20 in Largs, is traditionally a hard fought challenge and includes Gold Medallists Ben Ainslie MBE and Iain Percy MBE in the archive of winners.

This year's battle for the title and a place in Team GBR for the 2001 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in France is as close as ever with Mark Powell (from Hayling Island SC) and Tim Hulse (Ullswater) continuing their personal contest today. Powell had a slight edge in the shifty conditions, scoring 1,1,2 against Hulse' 2,2,1 but as Mark commented: "There was nothing between us".

"He was faster upwind and I had a slight edge downwind," said Mark after stepping ashore. "There was perhaps only two inches between us in the whole of the second race". Powell very nearly made it three wins from three this afternoon but he lost the last race (series race 6) to Hulse by inches and seconds as he fell into a small lull and watched helplessly as Hulse kept his wave and surfed past to take the winners gun. Only two points separate them after six races. "I've never worked as hard as that before but it's turning into a great series," added Powell.

Peter Bentley / Nigel Cherrie
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