France have successfully defended the ‘Volvo Trophy’ for the fifth successive year, beating New Zealand into second place by just five points. Great Britain took third.
Mark Powell from Great Britain took Gold in the Laser fleet. Buried in the teens at the first mark, Mark's downwind speed bought him through to finish fifth, enough to win the regatta overall. "I never expected to win," said Mark. "I thought I would have a chance to get a medal here but I knew there would be a lot of really good guys here," he added.
Australia's Ben Lamb was not happy with yesterdays performance after capsizing downwind in one of the races. Although unsure about the conditions Ben beat South Africa's John Eloff to take the Silver medal. "I didn't know what the wind was doing up the first beat and was confused but went all the way up on the right and was first to the top mark and then slow down wind, but luckily ended up second. I can't believe it," said an extremely relieved Ben.
A first place in the last race gave Germany's Wiebke Schroder Gold in the Laser Radial fleet. A disappointed Kate O'Brien (NZL) finish second in the race to take the Silver medal. The main battle of the day was for third place, between Natalie Lloyd (GBR) and Gea Barbic (CRO). Gea lead at the first mark, only to capsize downwind. The two rounded the leeward mark together. A port and starboard incident on the second beat saw Natalie doing turns. "I though I was just going to cross Gea but she headed up and we hit. I then had to do a 720 and lost two boats, but pulled back on the run to be just ahead of a Gea on the run to finish, said a delighted Natalie.
Twice Optimist World Champion, Mattia Pressich (ITA) sailing with crew Giacomo De Gavardo took the 420 boys title. "The last race was very difficult with wind changes, we had to look hard. We are very pleased to win." Mattia and Giacomo are now off to the 420 World Championships in Italy. Following that they have a well-defined long-term goal, "would like to win the Olympics in a 470," said a confident Mattia. Surprisingly, Singapore, Australia and France all finished tied for second place on 49 points. Singapore took Silver and Australia Bronze on the tie-break.
Although Romain Motteau and Francois Morvan wrapped up the Hobie 16 class with a race to spare, Silver and Bronze were still up for grabs on the final day. New Zealand could not be more than two places behind Australia if they were to get the Silver. "We didn't get the best of starts but we just wanted to stay with the Aussies, they beat us in the race but we beat them overall," explained New Zealand's helm Chris Kitchen. Australia finished the race in second place but New Zealand hung on to finished fourth, taking the Silver medal by one point from the Australian pairing.
With both Gold medals decided yesterday in the Mistral class, the fight was for silver and bronze. Greece took silver and Hong Kong bronze in the boys' fleet. In the girls' fleet Isreal's Dana Solavover took Marjan De Ron to take the bronze medal, with France's Marion Defay finishing in silver position, helping her team to take the overall 'Volvo Trophy'.
Next years Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship will be held in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia in Canada between the 18 -27th July, 2002.
Final Results after eleven races (two discards applied):
ITA Mattia Pressich/Giacomo De 36 points
SIN Junhao Tay/Dahui Ou 49 points
AUS Matthew Chew / James Seymour 49 points
AUS Melissa Bryant/Martha 21 points
GBR Victoria Rawlinson/Emma Rawlinson 29 points
FRA Marjorlaine Le Moigne/Laurie Morvan 40points
Final Results after twelve races (two discards applied)
NED Joeri Van Dijk 17 points
GRE Bryon Kokalanis 22 points
HKG Kowk Fai Cheng 28 points
POL Zofia Klepacka 22 points
FRA Marion Defay 30 points
ISR Dana Solav 33 points
GBR Mark Powell 50 points
AUS Ben Lamb 5, 54 points
RSA John Eloff 59 points
GER Wiebke Schroder 28 points
NZL Kate O'Brien 30 points
GBR Natalie Lloyd 43 points
Hobie 16 Open
FRA RomainMotteau/Francois Morvan 18 points
NZL ChrisKitchen/Mark Overington 39 points
AUS Robbie Lovig& Glen Douglas 40 points
Volvo Trophy overall