RS:X Youth World Championships 2007
Pierre LE COQ in action
114 Competitors From 16 Countries For Inaugural Event
One hundred and fourteen competitors from 16 countries and three continents have entered the first RS:X Youth World Championship in Sopot, Poland. The event is supported by the RS:X Under 21 Class Championship. Sixty-five youth boys, divided into two groups, will do battle with Pierre LE COQ (FRA), who has just returned from winning the gold medal at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
After all the formalities of measurement and the practice race, the official opening ceremony took place last Saturday evening on Europe's longest wooden pier with the mayor of Sopot Jacek KARNOWSKI as the guest of honour.
Day one on Sunday, saw LE COQ lying in fourth place overall having posted a tenth and second. His compatriot, Damien ROUSSEL (FRA) had a much more consistent day taking two steady thirds but fighting it out at the head of the fleet Richard HAMILTON (GBR) and Christian FREIMUELLER (GER) look like they mean business.
Over in the girls fleet, Alisha KAWALLA (AUS) heads the fleet with Regina STADLER (GER) and Maja DZIARNOWSKA (POL) second and third respectively. Man Hei CHAN (HKG) is fourth.