The first World Championships since the Yngling was selected for women's keel boat fleet racing at the Athens 2004 Olympics is taking place in Rhode Island, USA this week. So far three races have been completed.
Twenty one of the fourty five entries are all women crews at this years Worlds.
Leading is M Christensen (DEN) who finished 5th at the Yngling European Championships in April of this year. Second overall is Betsy Alison (USA) and first all women crew, currently ranked 2 on the ISAF Womens World Match Race Rankings (21 June), and third is C Skolaut (AUT).
J Christensen (DEN), Bronze medallist at the Yngling Europeans 2001, and who won the first race had a disastrous second race in 31 position and has slipped to 14 overall. Shirley Robertson (GBR), Europe class Gold Medallist at Sydney 2000, lies eighth overall.
The general report form the women I have spoken to, writes competitor Cory Sertl (USA), is that the Yngling is "better than they thought it would be and they like it."
So that bodes well for Athens.
Results, Top 10, W indicates all women crew:
1. M Christensen DEN 199 28.70 points
2. B Alison (W) USA 332 34.00 points
3. C Skolaut AUT 201 34.70 points
4. H Swett (W) USA 329 35.70 points
5. R Mayr AUT 1 41.00 points
6. B Chafee USA 28 41.00 points
7. C Cronin (W) USA 331 42.00 points
8. S Robertson GBR 2 43.00 points
9. J Swanson (W) USA 330 45.00 points
10. L Edwards (W) GBR 3 48.70 points