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31 July 2009, 10:43 am
France On Top At Palmalife RS:X Youth Worlds
Leonore BOSCH of France, pictured competing at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Leonore BOSCH of France, pictured competing at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, lies top of the girl's fleet

Palmalife RS:X Youth World Championship 2009
Bodrum, Turkey

France leads both boy's and girl's fleets after four days of racing at the Palmalife RS:X Youth World Championships in Bodrum, Turkey.
Race day four started slowly with a postponement ashore. The Race Committee were out searching for a good spot to park their start boat and moved it back and forth a couple of times. Chasing the wind. Finally it settled and slowly started to build. The breeze for race seven was light to moderate. Race eight was track back full on planing. In Race nine, the wind peaked at 17 knots. Boards were screaming through the chop with riders grinning from ear to ear.

To say its tough at the top is certainly true of the RS:X Youth Gold Fleet. Ron ASULIN (ISR) and Alistair MASTERS (GBR) are locked together in third equal with 28 points. Hadrien MOURICHON (FRA) did well today with 12, 3, 3 scores. He dropped his 12th place from earlier in the series and takes the overall lead by one point.

Making a lunge at the podium is Manfredi MISURACA (ITA), who moved up the leaderboard having posted a trio of second places. He is in striking distance, just six points off the breakaway trio up front. He could do some damage if he bangs in consistent results tomorrow. It's make or break time for him.

The pack is 10 points back and need to do some serious business if they are going to make it.

Over in the women's fleet, Leonore BOSCH (FRA), bronze medallist at the recent Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, is now the dominant force in the fleet. After only two races on Thursday (the men did three) she has built a cushion of 13 points on her sister Sybille BOSCH (FRA), who is now just one point up on third placed Sin Lam LO (HKG) and two on Kamila SMEKTALA (POL), who has slipped to fourth.

Making a late charge to the top is Helene NOESMOEN (FRA) who put in a fantastic 1 then 2 trading places in the breeze with Izzy HAMILTON (GBR) who went 2 then 1. These two are a threat if the breeze stays with us tomorrow. Not forgetting LO who snapped off a 3 and 4 today.

This championship is by no means over in either fleet. In finishing, please note that SMEKTALA is only 16 as is MISURACA so the U17s are performing strongly in the youth fleets.

Everyone is hoping for another day of champagne racing before the Medal Races on Saturday.

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Rory Ramsden (As Amended By ISAF)
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