One more race was completed at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, enough for Michael Bullot (NZL) to go back into the lead.
After a day of swimming, sunbathing and no wind yesterday the 263 competitors at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship were lucky to get one race completed today considering the massive anticyclone that is currently stationary over western Europe. All the weather forecasts were pessimistic and the fleet was held on shore for 3 hours. Around 1500 hrs Villanova's own microclimate produced a light onshore wind of 6 knots and fleet were sent afloat.
The first fleet to start were clearly anxious to get going as the second start under a black flag was recalled with 7 competitors disqualified in a large group that hit the start line too soon. Amongst these was the overnight leader Javier Padron from Spain. Michael Bullot from New Zealand was first to show in the lead ahead of USA's Ryan Shaughnessy and Karol Porozynski from Poland. Bullot said "I started at the port end and got a left shift after the start and never looked back." These 3 held their positions throughout the race.
In the second group Joe Henry from Great Britain held a comfortable lead until the last windward leg. "I got in the wrong track as the wind dropped but I am happy ith a third in these conditions" he said. Argentina's Agustin Ferrario took the gun in this fleet. Another championship contender, Adam Olechnowicz from Poland, also scored his worst place of the series in this fleet but he will be happy with a tenth which he could count and still win overall.
Tanguy Troiville from France led the third group round the first mark followed closely by Erik Schlaaff from Germany and Monaco's Jann Cloupet. Troiville was passed on the downwind leg whilst Iason Geogaris was made good recovery to work up to second behind Schlaaff at the finish.
There was drama in the fourth group at the first mark as Jeffrey Bonanni USA approached the mark on port tack with Argintina's Eduardo Lopez Segura on his outside also on port tack. Segura tacked to round before Bonanni and had to take a penalty and Bonnani also took a penalty turn for touching the mark. They did not lose any places but by the time they got to the end of the downwind leg Segura had dropped to fourth with Bonanni holding on to second behind new leader Bartosz Andrusiak from Poland. As the fleet approached the last mark of the course the breeze softened. Andrusiak managed to keep his lead as Bonanni and Segura slid further down the fleet.
A day late the total fleet is now split into gold, silver and bronze groups for the final days racing. If there is any wind at all it is unlikely to arrive until after midday. A 1630 hrs deadline for the start of the last race means that there will probably be only two races tomorrow. Bullot said he preferred stronger winds but apart from a slip in the 5 th race his results of 3 first places and 2 thirds are impressive and give him a 7 point advantage over second placed Georgaris. The Greek, however, has been the most consistent with a result in the top six in every race.
Everyone is hoping for wind to make an exciting final.
Overall results with one discard:
1 NZL 171101 Michael Bullot 9,0pts 1 1 3 3 dnf 1
2 GRE 167996 Iason Georgaris 16,0pts 3 6 6 4 1 2
3 POL 171348 Adam Olechnowicz 18,0pts 5 4 4 1 4 10
4 ESP 168868 Javier Padron 20,0pts 1 2 4 1 12 bfd
5 GRE 163401 Alexandros Rizos 21,0pts 3 4 7 6 1 22
6 FRA 168830 Morgan Aussel 22,0pts 2 38 3 1 2 14
7 GER 166282 Erik Schlaaff 22,0pts 10 3 5 14 3 1
8 FRA 170152 Alexandre Monteau 23,0pts 1 9 2 dnf 5 6
9 GBR 169986 Stephen Broom 23,0pts 5 3 16 6 6 3
10 CRO 165674 Karlo Krpeljevic 28,0pts 7 2 1 11 7 36