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16 July 2006, 08:15 pm
Day 3: Windless For All But RS:X
Yoan KOLEV of Bulgaria
Yoan KOLEV of Bulgaria leads the RS:X windsurfer fleet

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006
Weymouth, Great Britain

Day two of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships saw the sailors competing in perfect conditions, with winds averaging 15 knots all afternoon for the young talent in Weymouth Bay. Podium hopefuls have started to show, with clear contenders across several of the fleets.
Day three of racing at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships proved a disappointment for many, as fickle winds were forecast. The forecast became reality, with many races postponed and in the late afternoon, finally abandoned for the day.

But the RS:X's enjoyed a different fate inside Weymouth Bay, with the experienced race management team managing to fit in two races, between the fluky conditions.

The 420's, Laser's and Hobie 16's started the day with high hopes, setting off in a light but constant south westerly wind, however as morning became afternoon the likelihood of starting dropped, as the wind outside the breakwater failed to fill in. A cheer was heard from the patient sailors when the races were postponed indefinitely and ribs were provided to deliver much needed transport to land.

The RS:X's had a similar start to the day, with racing postponed for over two hours whilst the sea breeze struggled to kick in. Luckily for the windsurfers, a relatively constant force three to four swung in from the south west and created some challenging light wind conditions and some exciting place changes just outside the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Italy Continues To Score

Laura LINARES (ITA) in the top spot enjoyed another successive day, adding another first and second to her near perfect score card. Her nearest rival Maayan DAVIDOVICH from Israel was relegated to third position, as the Polish Malgorzata BIALECKA managed to discard her eleventh place from yesterday. LINARES could not hide her happiness, 'It's just so fantastic! I was hoping for a good day and it came. These light conditions are always a challenge, but I look forward to it.'

The Italian and Polish domination of this class continued in the male fleet, with Lukasz GRODZICKI (POL) staying in pole position for a third day and Fabian HEIDEGGER (ITA) moving up to second. Unfortunately for Pierre LECOQ (FRA), he moved from second to third overall at the end of day three. For him this is a hard blow but he knows that they are still a possible five races to go and lots to play for. 'I don't like light wind sailing but I will try my best, that's all I can do.'

Lay Day Fun

Tomorrow sees a lay day for the competitors with many events for them to get involved in. Ecover, Mike GOLDING's (GBR) Open 60, will be on hand for the young sailors to inspect and if they are lucky in the midday draw, they may have a chance to go sailing on the powerful monohull. GOLDING the famous British single-handed sailor will also be on hand to give some inspirational advice to these talented individuals. Also on the schedule is top British Cat sailors from the Volvo Extreme 40, Team Basilica. Skipper James GRANT (GBR) and his crew will also be sailing around Weymouth, demonstrating the awesome power of their 40 foot catamaran.

Racing continues on Tuesday 18, continuing through to 20 July 2006.

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Myrrh WALKER (As Amended by ISAF)
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