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8 August 2007, 11:59 am
Young Radial Stars In Scheveningen
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Laser Radial Youth World Championships 2007
Scheveningen, Netherlands

The Laser Radial Youth World Championships are underway in Scheveningen, Netherlands with Anna HEAGER (USA) and Thorbjoem SCHIERUP (DEN) holding the top spots after two days of racing.
After a long day on the water resulting in only one completed race on the first day, the 280 competitors were held ashore for 6 hours on the second day waiting for wind. Their patience was rewarded when finally sent afloat at 15:00 into a building 7 knots knot NW breeze that was averaging 12 knots by the time of the first start at 1630.

A cross-course current meant that the course had to be offset 20 degrees to maintain a good windward leg. It also helped keep the fleet behind the line so there were less recalls. Throughout the afternoon the wind built to 15 knots and slowly veered 30 degrees to end up in the north. The great conditions enabled the Race Committee to complete two races that were very close. Even the sun co-operated by providing a beautiful sunset as the fleet planned back to the harbour!

The fleet is split into one female group and three male groups starting in the same order. In the female race a number of the leaders from the previous day misread the current and dropped down the results list, but learnt their lessons well for the second race of the day. HEAGER leads on countback from Tuula TENKANEN (FIN) on 31 points, with Susana ROMERO (ESP) in third on 33 points.

In the men the results over the three races were much more consistent resulting in the overall points being lower. SCHIERUP holds on the outright lead on ten points, with Marko PERESA (CRO), Gijs PELT (NED) and Luka DOMIJAN (SLO) all tied on 13 points.

Jeff Martin (As Amended By ISAF)
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