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20 July 2005, 09:27 am
Championship Coming Down To The Wire
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

Despite an early delay due to the breaking swell which was guarding the twin entrances to the marina and the poor, very hazy visibility, racing stayed right on schedule at the 35th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships on Suyong Bay, Busan, Korea.
With the most wind of the Championship so far, around eight to twelve knots, at times there were opportunities for those who have been praying for more breeze to prove their mettle. The swell, a product of a tropical storm which has been hitting South East Asia, presented another new dimension on the three race course areas.

With just one race scheduled for the final day, Friday, and all fleets reaching the required nine race threshold to allow for their second worst score to be discarded, then the new champions are starting to emerge.

In the 420 girls and Mistral boys events Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD (FRA) and Lukasz GRODZICKI (POL) have moved to within touching distance of a gold medal today, however across the other events the pressure on the leaders is increasing as the Championship comes down to the wire.

Single-handed Dinghy Girls - Laser Radial

In the Laser Radial Paige RAILEY's massive lead has suddenly been cut by the meteoric rise of China's Xu LIJIA. With the ninth race and the introduction of the second discard she sheds both of the OCS's which she had been punished with in consecutive races on Sunday and Monday. She then piled the pressure on RAILEY today with a second place and a seemingly easy first, which elevates her to second overall only six points the USA's hottest medal favourite. RAILEY had started the day well by taking her fifth bullet of the Championship in race eight, but then she went OCS in day's final race to add to the building tension.

RAILEY has been one of the stars of the Radial scene this year and is back at the ISAF Youth Worlds for the fourth time, aiming for her second gold medal. At the beginning of racing in Busan she was a red hot favourite but Shang Hai based LIJIA has proved not only a skillful but a tough competitor. Amazingly today is only the tenth day she has raced in a Laser Radial.

'My coach told me that the first thing I should do is learn to sail the boat, so I did not expect to do so well. I lost USA [RAILEY] in the first race and was a bit disappointed with that, but overall I am very relaxed and am under no pressure. I have been top girl in China in the Europe but I find the Laser Radial hard hiking and getting used to. I have good tactical sailing from team racing in the Optimist.' explained LIJIA, who will not swap from the Europe to the Laser Radial until the end of this year, after China's National Games. A pair of fifth places today keep Britain's Alison YOUNG in third overall.

'It was certainly not bad for me today,' said a contented YOUNG. 'The tide was a big influence today but the swell was nice and it was good to be fully hiked out. It has been a good regatta so far in terms of the range of conditions we have had. It has been vital to get good starts and make gains through getting into good lanes of clear wind.'

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 USA Paige RAILEY 1 2 1 1 2 1 (13) 1 (32) OCS 9
2 CHN Xu LIJIA 2 1 (32) OCS (32) OCS 1 3 5 2 1 15
3 GBR Alison YOUNG (13) 3 7 (14) 3 7 1 5 5 31
4 CRO Tina MIHELIC 7 (12) 4 3 6 (19) 2 9 6 37
5 DEN Alberte Holm LINDBERG 6 6 9 (32) OCS (16) 4 3 12 4 44
6 ESP Lucia REYES (14) 7 (18) 8 11 2 10 7 7 52
7 POL Katarzyna PIC 5 (13) (12) 10 9 9 9 4 9 55
8 GER Janika PULS 12 4 14 11 7 (20) (20) 6 2 56
9 CHI Arantza GUMUCIO 3 16 5 2 12 (17) 4 17 (18) 59
10 NZL Olivia POWRIE 8 (21) 6 (32) OCS 8 8 11 13 8 62

Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser

The balance swung in the Laser where Great Britain's Giles SCOTT scored a second and a fourth - enough to give him the overall lead in the 36 boat fleet. SCOTT now has four points in hand over the Netherlands' erstwhile leader Rutger VAN SCHAARDENBURG.

'I had a mixed day but I am feeling OK about it,' said VAN SCHAARDENBURG, 'He was just quicker than me today. Simple as that. And you needed to make good starts today and I didn't. Top three was my goal here but I did not really know what to expect here because I did not really know who I would be sailing against.'

'Tide was one of the big factors to watch because I think we are on to spring tides today and I was able use that to good effect in the first race because a lot of guys over-stood the mark and I was able to tack under them and come up underneath them,' commented SCOTT, who is on course to retain the single-handed dinghy boys title for Britain which was won by Nick THOMPSON last year in Poland.

'I try not to think about how I have been doing because it would be unnecessary pressure, so I just don't,' continued the young Brit. 'I'll just keep doing what I have been doing, keep it the same. I like this Championship because you are forced to think for yourself because the coaches have less influence on the water. But it gives you a lot of confidence to know that if you are up there in British terms then you will do well worldwide.'

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 GBR Giles SCOTT (7) 4 (22) 6 5 2 1 4 2 24
2 NED Rutger VAN SCHAARDENBURG 6 5 3 (10) 1 (8) 2 7 4 28
3 FRA Jean Baptiste BERNAZ 4 1 9 (18) (13) 1 3 1 10 29
4 NZL Blair MCLAY (14) 11 1 1 (17) 6 5 6 1 31
5 USA Royce WEBER (15) 2 8 2 3 (13) 8 10 9 42
6 ISV Cy THOMPSON 1 (16) (27) 14 4 5 4 9 6 43
7 ESP Jorge JOVER 3 6 2 19 8 (21) (20) 5 7 50
8 FIN Pierre Angelo COLLURA 11 10 (19) 5 2 4 15 11 (37) OCS 58
9 BRA Daniel JAKOBSSON 13 9 7 (37) OCS (23) 3 7 21 11 71
10 CAN Luke RAMSAY (23) 13 14 11 (29) 16 14 2 3 73

Double-handed Dinghy Girls - 420

LUMEAU and BOSSARD now have aggregated only nine points from nine races after winning the second race today to give themselves a handy 16 point lead over America's Megen MAGILL and Briana PROVANCHA.

Their astute percentage sailing paid off, as it did for the Americans, in the first race. They started alongside each other in the middle of the line and played the middle of the first leg, which meant they did not suffer too much when most of the fleet overstood the windward mark which was hard to see in the haze. So far over it were some of the girls that they had spinnakers up to reach in to it.

The American pair rounded the windward mark in eleventh and gained eight places with a punchy first downwind leg when they flew a solo mission down the right flank of the run and were rewarded with third at the first leeward turn. 'It was really difficult to see the mark but we were not too bad and then just figured we needed to split from everyone and give something a try. I was doubting myself at times but then we just told ourselves to think positive and just concentrate on going fast and it paid off,' grinned helm MAGILL, 'But generally we have loved it here. It is really challenging sailing. It is not easy because the current is quite confusing, but perhaps not as confusing today.'

The American duo's 3,3 for the day keeps them two points ahead of Britain's third placed Hannah MILLS and Peggy WEBSTER whose eighth and second leaves them locked on 27 points with Brazil's Mariana BASILIO and Gabriel BIEKARCK.

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 FRA Marie LUMEAU Claire BOSSARD 1 1 1 1 3 1 (5) (6) 1 9
2 USA Megan MAGILL Briana PROVANCHA 2 (10) (8) 5 4 2 3 3 3 22
3 GBR Hannah MILLS Peggy WEBSTER (10) 2 10 (12) 1 3 1 8 2 27
4 BRA Mariana BASILIO Gabriela BIEKARCK 5 5 (15) 3 5 (11) 4 1 4 27
5 AUS Stephanie FLUKES Emma FLUKES (8) (7) 7 6 7 4 7 5 7 43
6 SIN Dawn LIU Siobhan TAM 3 (15) 2 9 10 6 2 (15) 12 47
7 DEN Maja STENDAL Anne Louise HANSEN (15) (22) 5 4 9 7 6 4 9 44
8 GER Jenna WOLF Teressa HEMMETER 7 4 (17) 2 (22) OCS 15 9 11 8 56
9 ESP Tara PACHECO Marta PADRON 11 (22) OCS 3 (22) DSQ 2 12 22 DSQ 2 5 67
10 KOR Hwa-Eun IM Young-mi KIM (17) 9 6 11 8 5 12 (13) 6 57

Double-handed Dinghy Boys - 420

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Japan and Singapore are leading
the challenge in the 420s
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Singapore's Wee Chin TEO and Terence KOH remain top in the 420 boys event with the second discard helping to pay for their disappointing results in the first two races of the Championship. The pair are now in a great position going into the final three races of the Championship and could well provide Singapore with it's first ever gold medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds. Japan's Wataru SAITO and Hiroto YOSHINAGA lie in second place, seven points behind TEO and KOH.

Britain's Tom MALINDINE and James CLARK kept their third position secure, although a 24th for them in race nine means they cannot afford another poor result in the remaining three races.

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 SIN Wee Chin TEO Terence KOH (33) BFD (15) 2 2 2 1 2 6 5 20
2 JPN Wataru SAITO Hiroto YOSHINAGA (17) 6 1 5 1 8 4 2 (15) 27
3 GBR Tom MALLINDINE James CLARK 2 7 (18) 8 6 7 1 3 (24) 34
4 SUI Yannick BRAUCHLI Simon KOSTER 6 (33) BFD 9 7 10 (14) 5 1 11 49
5 USA Adam ROBERTS Nicholas MARTIN 5 5 (21) 4 7 5 (33) OCS 9 6 41
6 ITA Stefano CHERIN Matteo VELICOGANA 9 (14) 10 10 5 (19) 6 4 9 53
7 AUS Steven THOMAS Timothy RECHICHI 13 2 12 (22) 4 6 3 (23) 10 50
8 POR Tomas SILVA Francisco GOMES 12 4 3 1 (33) DSQ (23) 14 7 2 43
9 MAS Hazwan DERMAWAN Ahmad SHUKRI (33) BFD (16) 5 6 11 9 9 8 3 51
10 KOR Soo-Hyung SEO Sung-min JO 1 19 7 13 (33) BFD 2 11 18 (33) OCS 85

Windsurfer Girls - Mistral

Mistral World Champion Blanca MANCHON (ESP) was back on top form and resumes her place at the top of the windsurfer girls' leaderboard after taking bullets in both of today's races. She has a four point lead over last year's runner up Anne Sophie LE PAGE (FRA), who trailed the Spaniard in twice to score two second places.

Overnight leader Laura LINARES (ITA) drops to third place after only managing finishes of fourth and sixth. Unlike the boy's fleet, the racing in the Mistral girls event looks set to got right down to the wire with MANCHON leading by only four points and LE PAGE, LINARES and fourth place Maayan DAVIDOVICH within two points of one another.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 ESP Blanca MANCHON (4) 1 1 4 1 2 (15) OCS 1 1 11
2 FRA Anne Sophie LE PAGE 3 (4) (15) OCS 1 2 3 2 2 2 15
3 ITA Laura LINARES 2 2 2 2 (6) 1 3 4 (6) 16
4 ISR Maayan DAVIDOVICH 1 (6) 3 3 3 (4) 1 3 3 17
5 CHN Chen CHUN (5) 3 5 5 4 (6) 4 5 5 31
6 POL Maegorzata BIATECKA 6 7 4 (9) 5 5 (15) OCS 6 7 40
7 HKG Hei Man CHAN 7 5 6 7 7 (12) 6 (8) 8 46
8 GER Wiebke SRADNICK 9 9 8 (13) (11) 7 5 9 4 51
9 BRA Caterina FREITAS (12) (14.1) DPI 10 10 8 8 8 7 9 60
10 KOR Min-jung KANG 8 8 7 6 14 14 (17.1) DPI 13 (15) OCS 70

Windsurfer Boys - Mistral

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Andreas SOFRONIOU of
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In the Mistral boys, Poland's Lukasz GRODZICKI is repeating the dominant performance his compatriot Kamil LEWANDOWSKI (POL) produced last year in Gdynia, Poland. After two second places today GRODZICKI lies 15 points clear of second place and could wrap up victory in tomorrow's first race. Pierre LE COQ (FRA) moves up from fourth to second place thanks to a bullet in race eight. He is tied on 23 points with Spain's Juan MORENO.

It was a disappointing day for Andreas SOFRONIOU (CYP). Finishes of 12,11 see him fall out of medal places, six points behind and French and Spanish pair. Last year's silver medallist Nimrod MASHIAH has come back into the medal frame after finishing third and first in races eight and nine. He moves up to fifth place, just a point behind SOFRONIOU and with LE COQ and MORENO well within his sights.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 POL Lukasz GRODZICKI 1 1 1 1 1 1 (3) (2) 2 8
2 FRA Pierre LECOQ 5 2 5 2 (8) 3 5 1 (7) 23
3 ESP Juan MORENO 3 (7) 3 5 2 2 (8) 5 3 23
4 CYP Andreas SOFRONIOU 2 9 2 3 6 5 2 (12) (11) 29
5 ISR Nimrod MASHIAH (18) OCS 3 6 (8) 3 7 7 3 1 30
6 AUT Thomas KARGL (12) 4 7 6 4 (8) 4 8 4 37
7 HKG Kwok Pa MA 6 8 9 7 7 6 (10) 4 (18) OCS 47
8 CHN Chen ZEYAN 10 5 8 10 5 (18) OCS 1 (11) 9 48
9 ITA Riccardo BELLI DELLISCA 8 (12) 11 (12) 12 4 9 10 5 60
10 GBR Peter BIRD 9 6 4 4 (14) 13 14 (15) 10 60

Multihull Open - Hobie 16

The closet battle of the Championship is taking place in the multihull open event. 2004 silver medallists Julien VILLION and Martin BATAILLE (FRA) and Australia's rookie team of Evan WALKER and Kyle LANGFORD remain tied on points after both scored second and sixth places in today's two races. The French pair take the lead for now thanks to their two race wins, although both teams will be extremely aware of the defending champions Tom PHIPPS and Jon COOK (GBR), who move to within two points of the gold medal spot thanks to their third bullet of the Championship in race nine.

Juan MAEGLI and Ana Cristina GUIROLA (GUA) also had a good day on the water with two third places keeping them within touching distance of the leaders, just five points back from VILLION and BATAILLE.

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 FRA Julien VILLION Martin BATAILLE 1 4 2 (6) (6) 1 2 2 6 18
2 AUS Evan WALKER Kyle LANGFORD 3 2 3 2 5 (8) 1 (6) 2 18
3 GBR Tom PHIPPS Jon COOK (6) 1 5 1 (7) 4 4 4 1 20
4 GUA Juan MAEGLI Ana Cristina GUIROLA 4 (7) (9) 3 1 3 6 3 3 23
5 ITA Virrorio BISSARO Lamberto LEJARI 2 3 6 5 3 (10) 3 (9) 5 27
6 GER Lauritz BOCKELMANN Nils HIESTERMANN 5 8 4 (11) (9) 2 7 1 8 35
7 USA T.J. TULLO Jerry TULLO 8 5 1 (9) 2 5 (9) 7 7 35
8 BRA Felipe FREY Bruno FREY 9 6 7 4 (11) 6 5 (10) 4 41
9 SIN Melcolm HUANG Pei Quan CHUNG (10) 9 8 7 4 9 (10) 5 10 53
10 NZL Rory GODMAN Kelly GODMAN 7 (12) DNF (12) DNF 10 10 7 8 8 9 61

All results only show the top ten. For complete results click on the links below. For all the latest news from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship CLICK HERE.

Tomorrow competitors are back on Suyong Bay for the penultimate day of racing. Two more races are schedules before the final race on Friday.

Amy Bradley-Watson. Image, Hae-Deun PARK racing in the Laser Radial:© Event Media
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