In the opening races of the Laser Radial Youth World Championship in Fortaleza, Brasil the older sailors dominated the front of the fleets in 20 knot winds and big seas. With the benefit of a warm up in the previous weeks Men's Laser Radial Championship Blair Mclay (NZL) and Federico MELO (POR) took line honours in both races in each of the two fleets.
Sailing in the same fleet as MELO, Brazilian Daniel JAKOBSSON
fought his way back into second place in both races with Anotonios TZORTZIS (GRE) doing the same in third. 'I started very well and I won the two races of my fleet. I still have ten more races ahead until the end of the Championship. To get the first prize will be a bonus because to sail in Brazil is a dream coming true,'
said a delighted MELO.
Meanwhile JAKOBSSON was eagerly looking forward to day two of racing, 'The day wasn´t how I wanted it to be,' he remarked, 'but I was surprised with the results, because I started very badly. The high waves and the stronger wind helped me. I want to do better tomorrow.'
In MCLAY's fleet the results were a lot more mixed with the minor places filled with different names in each race which has given a four way tie for fifth place overall.
The 103 competitors from 27 nations will sail an eight race four day qualifier series before being split into gold and silver fleets for a further four races on the final two days.