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14 July 2007, 11:55 pm
Day 1: Hot Shot Hobies Lead The Way
The Laser's in action on day one
The Laser's in action on day one

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Britain's hot shot Hobie Cat crew of Richard and Andrew GLOVER, took the first two races in their class, and, with a fourth in race 3, they now lead the overall standings as racing got underway today at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship on Lake Ontario, Kingston, Canada in 8-10 knots of southwesterly breeze.
'We couldn't have had a better start to the regatta but there's a whole event to go so we're just keeping our heads down for now,' said Andrew GLOVER.

said brother Richard, adding, 'A lot of people think about us as a brother relationship but as soon as we're on the water, it turns into a sailing relationship and it works really well.'

The two brothers are at the head of Hobie Cat table, but they can't relax, the Danish crew of Emil LANDRY and Jacob DANNEFER are nipping at their heels, just four points behind.

Pre-race Hobie Cat favourites Jason WATERHOUSE and Michael MCCORMICK from Australia are right up there in fourth place, while Stefano GENTILI and Deligi UBERTI (ITA) are two points ahead in third and putting the pressure on.

Over 220 Sailors

Over 220 athletes sailing seven fleets of dinghies and windsurfers are competing at this championship. Three races were scheduled for all classes, but, after race 1 was sailed in a breeze which had promised great action, the wind dropped and became increasingly unstable.

In the boys' 38-boat Laser fleet, the largest fleet of all, the competition is tense. Just two races were completed, although a third race was started but abandoned as the wind died.

At the end of day one, pre-race favourite, Korea's Jeemin HA leads the fleet, but with the slimmest of margins: Germany's Philipp BUHL is just one point behind, and in third is favoured Pavlos KONTIDES (CYP).

Thirty-four Laser Radials were on the start line for the girls' single-handed class, where the racing is equally exciting. Anur NURAL ELIA from Malaysia lies in first place with Victoria CHAN (SIN) and Anne HAEGER (USA) both on 10 points, just one point behind.

Windsurfers

In the now flat and fluky conditions only two races were completed for the two windsurfer fleets due to the non-planing conditions. Winner of both races in the girls' class was the 2006 gold medallist, Laura LINARES (ITA), who went into this regatta as favourite. Brazil's Patricia DACOSTA FREITAS lies second, with Poland's Nina SZYHCZYK in third. Germany's Moana DELLE was also in contention in race 1 but retired after the finish, to score what she will hope will be a discard score of 16 points.

Predicted strong challengers Tatsiana KHALADZINSKI from Belarus, who was among the top finishers in Weymouth last year, and Hong Kong's Hei Man CHAN (fifth last year) both finished down the fleet in seventh and 11th places respectively.

In the boys windsurfer fleet Pierre LE COQ from France (second in 2005 and third in 2006) posted two thirds and a second, which were only good enough to give him second overall. He was beaten by the unknown Israeli sailor, Ron ASULIN who had two seconds and a fourth. Alejandro RIVERA (ESP), started well by winning race 1, but was only tenth in race 2 and 11th in race 3, which puts him in third place.

Class favourites in the boys' 29er fleet, New Zealand's Paul SNOW-HANSEN and Blair TUKE, had a great start to their championship with a bullet in race 1, and a second place in race 2, but a disappointing tenth place in the third race. 'We struggled up the last beat,' the crew explained and this put them behind the Danish crew of Henrik SAGAARD and Soren KRISTENSEN who finished second, third and then won the third race. The Argentine crew of German BILLOCH and Pedro KOCOUREK had a consistent day to finish in third.

SAGAARD was pleased with their performance: 'It was great today ? we had good start and finished in the top three so we can't be anything other than satisfied. We just kept our heads down. You can't race out here without being down at some point. At the top marks we often rounded on tenth or something but we pulled it back on the downwind.'

Chopping And Changing

The girls' 29er fleet has been one of the most interesting fleets to watch today with lots of changes at the front of the fleet. Emily DELLENBAUGH and Bianca PROVANCHA from the USA initially made an excellent showing in the first race taking the gun with race favourites, Hannah NATTRASS and Michelle MULLER (AUS) safely behind them in second.

Race 2 was not so promising for the USA and the Brazilian crew of Ana JUNGEN and Kahena KUNZE sneaked in to take first place. By race 3 it was all change again with the Dutch crew of Anniemiek BEKKERING and Jeske KISTERS winning the third race.

At the end of the day two fifth places and a second was good enough for the German crew of Karin and Tina MARCHART to take pole position with the Americans a point behind them in second place. Britain's team of Sophie WEGUELIN and Sophie AINSWORTH are in third.

PROVANCHA said: 'We're very pleased. Our goal was to be conservative and we wanted to be consistent. A ninth isn't great but it happens and you just have to deal with it.'

Finishing the day in sixth place, the Brazilian crew are happy. JUNGEN summed up the day on the water: 'I think the best thing about today is that we realized that it isn't such a monster to win a race at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds. We know that we can win ? it makes us feel now that the dream can be real!'

Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow.

'At the start today we were really nervous and that's to be expected and it's a good thing,'

Lizzie Ward
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