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12 April 2007, 01:39 pm
Racing Commences
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Steven Dyke HYUNDAI Youth Sail 2007
Christchurch, New Zealand

Racing got underway today in New Zealand's premier youth sailing event; Hyundai YouthSail 07. Blustery conditions resulted in postponements this morning, however the winds dropped below the allowable limit in the early afternoon, for the event which is being sailed on Wellington harbour.
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Despite the late start the double-handed and single-handed fleets all sailed three races, while four races were sailed in the RS:X windsurfing. Racing was fast and furious and provisional results are in.

The day belonged to Wellington local Josh JUNIOR in the Laser class who commenced the regatta with three straight wins. JUNIOR was top youth sailor at both the ISAF Grade 1 Sail Auckland regatta and the New Zealand Laser Nationals Championships this year where he was third in the 39-strong open fleet.

Also racing out to an early lead is Josh NIXON in the boy's RS:X windsurfing. NIXON, from Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland recorded three wins and a fourth placing in today's four races.

Hyundai YouthSail 07 is the final and most important regatta to count for selection into the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team 2007. This national team will be announced late next week and will travel to represent New Zealand at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in July.

Up to 12 races will be sailed in each of the classes. The regatta is planned to finish on Saturday, however Sunday is set aside as a reserve day and may be used for racing if required.

For all the latest news from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship CLICK HERE.

Jodie Bakewell-White (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from day one:© Steven Dyke HYUNDAI Youth Sail
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