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23 August 2007, 03:41 am
Action On In Kingston
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Isabella BERTOLD at this year's Youth Worlds

CORK Series 1 Regatta 2007
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The Portsmouth Olympic Harbour has been a beehive of activity for the past five days with over 600 sailors competing during the ISAF Grade 1 CORK Series 1.
During this premiere competition, eight different fleets battled on five courses in a variety of wind strengths and directions. Sailors raced hard with titles up for grabs including the 29er North American Championships, the Byte North American Championships, the Laser 2 North Americans, and the ISAF Grade 1 regattas for the Laser and Laser Radial classes.

CORK Regatta Chair, Tim IRWIN beamed with excitement at the end of racing today. 'We are quite enthused with the turn out at this year's Series 1 competition. It was great to have such high calibre athletes racing on Lake Ontario. Due to the weather systems surrounding Kingston, the typical southwest breeze thermal did not come through as expected. However, there is no doubt that excellent racing took place in the challenging east and northerly conditions!'

The Laser gold fleet winner, Bernard LUTTMER (CAN), was impressed with the level of competition, and the success of the race committee in pulling off eight races in the very shifty breeze. 'The conditions were indeed tricky, and the competition was intense!'

Isabella BERTOLD (CAN), who arrived at CORK having just won the CYA Canadian Youth National Championships, found sailing in the shifty breeze to be fun. 'I believe the experiences I gained at the ISAF Youth Worlds held in Kingston earlier this year definitely helped my racing during CORK.' There is no doubt her positive attitude and persistence played a huge role in securing the bronze medal in the Radial gold fleet, won by Laura BALDWIN (GBR).

Next up at the 38th CORK Series is the Classes Regatta which runs from 23-26 August. Fleets racing include RS:X, 49er, International 110, 505, Contenders and Flying Dutchman.

Erika Vines (As Amended By ISAF)
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