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21 July 2005, 10:39 am
Three Titles Decided
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005
Busan, Korea

Three titles were decided today at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship on Suyong Bay, Busan, Korea, the site of the 1988 Olympic Sailing Competition. Across the other seven fleets thick fog caused problems for the competitors and the race officials leaving a decisive final day looming.
France's record in the 420 dinghy was further enhanced as Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD won the double-handed dinghy girls event after they boosted their margin to an unassailable 20 points with their seventh bullet of the Championship in race ten today. In the windsurfer boys event, Poland's Lukasz GRODZICKI started the day with a substantial 15 point lead and sailed a conservative pair of races to be sure of his overall title. Meanwhile 2005 Mistral World Champion and Olympian Blanca MANCHON (ESP) followed a second place in race ten with a bullet in today's final race to give her an ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal to add to the silver and bronze ones she won in 2002 and 2003 respectively. All results are currently provisional and titles will not be confirmed until after the final race tomorrow.

Competition in the other events looks set to go down to the wire on the final day tomorrow, with none of the four leaders separated from second place by more than five points. With the Championship so delicately poised a rolling bank of thick mist reduced visibility to a difficult level and forced the postponement of the second race of the day for 420's and for the Hobie 16's, whilst the second race for the Lasers boys was abandoned.

Single-handed Dinghy Girls - Laser Radial

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Paige RAILEY is involved
in a tussle with Xu LIJIA for
honours in the Laser Radial
© Peter Bentley
Despite the problems with visibility, the Laser Radial girls fleet completed both scheduled races. After winning the first race to level the scores with the USA's Paige RAILEY, China's Xu LIJIA had made a confident start and was leading the penultimate race of the series by ten boat lengths by the first windward mark but could not find the wing mark in the poor visibility. The chasing pack found it first and she dropped into the depths of the fleet, rescuing a sixth place.

'It was difficult for me because I have no compass and we were all looking and by the time one of the others had found it I had gone too far and the race was lost. I am disappointed but it is good experience for me for the future. I use a compass in my Europe but don't have one here, but I am just beginning in the class so have to learn,' said LIJIA.

RAILEY goes into tomorrow's race with the advantage, not only of five points in hand over LIJIA, but the Chinese girl is also vulnerable with two OCS disqualifications as discards.

'My plan is to go out and just sail with the Chinese girl and I should be able to win. I figure that I have to sail less than 13th and be with her than I will be okay. Put it this way if I don't win it my coach is going to be very unhappy. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed,' said RAILEY who was third in Lunenberg, Canada three years ago, then won in Madeira, Portugal in 2003 and was seventh last year in Gydnia, Poland.

Behind the leading pair, Alison YOUNG (GBR) has secured the bronze medal with a second place in today's final race. Chile's Arantza GUMUCIO continues to perform well and lies ninth overall in a top ten which includes sailors from Asia, Europe, Oceania and North and South America.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 USA Paige RAILEY 1 2 1 1 2 1 (13) 1 (32) OCS 7 1 17
2 CHN Xu LIJIA 2 1 (32) OCS (32) OCS 1 3 5 2 1 1 6 22
3 GBR Alison YOUNG (13) 3 7 (14) 3 7 1 5 5 4 2 37
4 CRO Tina MIHELIC 7 (12) 4 3 6 (19) 2 9 6 12 3 52
5 DEN Alberte Holm LINDBERG 6 6 9 (32) OCS (16) 4 3 12 4 9 5 58
6 ESP Lucia REYES (14) 7 (18) 8 11 2 10 7 7 3 4 59
7 GER Janika PULS 12 4 14 11 7 (20) (20) 6 2 2 7 65
8 POL Katarzyna PIC 5 (13) 12 10 9 9 9 4 9 (18) 10 77
9 CHI Arantza GUMUCIO 3 16 5 2 12 (17) 4 17 (18) 6 14 79
10 NZL Olivia POWRIE 8 (21) 6 (32) OCS 8 8 11 13 8 5 15 82

Single-handed Dinghy Boys - Laser

In the Laser a fifth today was enough to keep Britain's Giles SCOTT on top of the 36 boat fleet, but only by a single point from France's Byte World Champion, Jean Baptise BERNAZ, while the Netherlands Rutger VAN SCHAARDENBURG collected his discard today with a 29th, but remains a threat in third, only seven points adrift.

'It was pretty similar to the other days on our course. You had to get a good start and head right and get the layline right,' said SCOTT as he came off the water, 'Now I am not sure what my strategy will be tomorrow because I have not looked at the scores. I am not sure whether there will be the chance to match race or not.'

Blair MCLAY (NZL) and Royce WEBER (USA) complete the top five, and although MCLAY could well challenge VAN SCHAARDENBURG for the bronze medal, the battle for gold looks set to be a three-horse race. The US Virgin Islands' Cy THOMPSON is putting in an outstanding performance as his nation's first representative at an ISAF Youth Worlds for 20 years. 17 year old THOMPSON is one of the competitors in Busan thanks to funding from the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme. He currently lies just a point behind WEBER and a repeat of the performance that brought him a bullet in the Championship's opening race could well see finish with a top five place.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 GBR Giles SCOTT (7) 4 (22) 6 5 2 1 4 2 5 29
2 FRA Jean Baptiste BERNAZ 4 1 9 (18) (13) 1 3 1 10 1 30
3 NED Rutger VAN SCHAARDENBURG 6 5 3 (10) 1 8 2 7 4 (29) 36
4 NZL Blair MCLAY (14) 11 1 1 (17) 6 5 6 1 12 43
5 USA Royce WEBER (15) 2 8 2 3 13 8 10 9 (16) 55
6 ISV Cy THOMPSON 1 (16) (27) 14 4 5 4 9 6 13 56
7 ESP Jorge JOVER 3 6 2 19 8 (21) (20) 5 7 7 57
8 FIN Pierre Angelo COLLURA 11 10 (19) 5 2 4 15 11 (37) DPI 4 62
9 BRA Daniel JAKOBSSON 13 9 7 (37) OCS (23) 3 7 21 11 2 73
10 CAN Luke RAMSAY 10 (26) 16 9 7 7 (19) 13 14 10 86

Double-handed Dinghy Girls - 420

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Marie LUMEAU and Claire
BOSSARD have sailed an
almost perfect series
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Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD (FRA) have performed almost flawlessly on Suyong Bay and continued their dominance this morning to take the Championship title with two races and a day to spare. The duo from Kierichen, Brest, where they are at the Etudes de Sport Lycee, were spurred to their success this time by the disappointment of their ninth last year in Gydnia, Poland. Counting seven first places and a third they put their success down to the hard work that they have done over the past year, and bolstering their mental strengths.

'Last year it was in our heads, we lacked the concentration and the means to deal with the pressure, but we have worked to stay relaxed in difficult situations. Here we have not been thinking about the race, but only of what we know and what we can do. We have worked really hard and always just want to finish with a good result,' explains helm LUMEAU. 'We came here knowing we are fast and that these would be our conditions - light winds - and thinking we could make it on to the podium, but it is wonderful to win.'

While France have won the overall team award the Volvo Trophy, more times than any other nation - three times in the last five years - this is only their second ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal since 1999.

Behind LUMEAU and BOSSARD the battle for medals looks set to go down to the wire with just four points separating Megen MAGILL and Briana PROVANCHA (USA), South America's highest placed competitors in the Championship, Mariana BASILIO and Gabriel BIEKARCK (BRA) and Hannah MILLS and Peggy WEBSTER (GBR).

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 FRA Marie LUMEAU Claire BOSSARD 1 1 1 1 3 1 (6) (6) 1 1 10
2 USA Megan MAGILL Briana PROVANCHA 2 (10) (8) 5 4 2 3 3 3 8 30
3 BRA Mariana BASILIO Gabriela BIEKARCK 5 5 (15) 3 5 (11) 4 1 4 4 31
4 GBR Hannah MILLS Peggy WEBSTER (10) 2 10 (12) 1 3 1 8 2 7 34
5 ESP Tara PACHECO Marta PADRON 11 (22) OCS 3 (22) DSQ 2 12 5 2 5 2 42
6 AUS Stephanie FLUKES Emma FLUKES (8) 7 7 6 7 4 8 5 7 (15) 51
7 SIN Dawn LIU Siobhan TAM 3 (15) 2 9 10 6 2 (15) 12 10 54
8 DEN Maja STENDAL Anne Louise HANSEN (15) (22) OCS 5 4 9 7 7 4 9 9 54
9 GER Jenna WOLF Teressa HEMMETER 7 4 (17) 2 (22) OCS 15 10 11 8 6 63
10 KOR Hwa-Eun IM Young-mi KIM (17) 9 6 11 8 5 (13) 13 6 11 69

Double-handed Dinghy Boys - 420

The one race in the 420 boys event has closed things up at the top of the leaderboard. After a third place today Japan's Wataru SAITO and Hiroto YOSHINAGA are now just four points behind Singapore's Wee Chin TEO and Terence KOH. Britain's Tom MALINDINE and James CLARK could only manage a finish of 14 meaning they now lie 22 points behind the leader and Asia is now almost assured of it's first ever ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal in a dinghy.

The slip up by MALINDINE and CLARK's means their bronze medal position is now coming under pressure from Adam ROBERTS and Nicholas MARTIN (USA), Tomas SILVA and Francisco GOMES (POR) and Stefano CHERIN and Matteo VELIOCGNA (ITA), all within six points of the British pair. After a seventh place today, Malaysia's Hazwan DERMAWAN and Ahmad SHUKRI are just ten points behind MALINDINE and CLARK making an Asian medal sweep a remote possibility.

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 SIN Wee Chin TEO Terence KOH (33) BFD (15) 2 2 2 1 2 6 5 6 26
2 JPN Wataru SAITO Hiroto YOSHINAGA (17) 6 1 5 1 8 4 2 (15) 3 30
3 GBR Tom MALINDINE James CLARK 2 7 (18) 8 6 7 1 3 (24) 14 48
4 USA Adam ROBERTS Nicholas MARTIN 5 5 (21) 4 7 5 (33) OCS 9 6 11 52
5 POR Tomas SILVA Francisco GOMES 12 4 3 1 (33) DSQ (23) 14 7 2 10 53
6 ITA Stefano CHERIN Matteo VELICOGANA 9 (14) 10 10 5 (19) 6 4 9 1 54
7 MAS Hazwan DERMAWAN Ahmad SHUKRI (33) BFD (16) 5 6 11 9 9 8 3 7 58
8 SUI Yannick BRAUCHLI Simon KOSTER 6 (33) BFD 9 7 10 (14) 5 1 11 12 61
9 AUS Steven THOMAS Timothy RECHICHI 13 2 12 22 4 6 3 (23) 10 (31) 72
10 KOR Soo-Hyung SEO Sung-min JO 1 19 7 13 (33) BFD 2 11 18 (33) OCS 2 73

Windsurfer Girls - Mistral

Blanca MANCHON (ESP) scored her sixth bullet of the Championship in today's final race to add the ISAF Youth Worlds crown to the Mistral World title she won earlier this year. After a bullet in race ten Laura LINARES (ITA) had moved to within four points of the Spaniard, but with the Italian finishing sixth in race eleven, MANCHON claims the title with a day to spare. After LINARES' slip up, 2004 silver medallist Anne Sophie LE PAGE (FRA) lies second, three points ahead of the Italian. Maayan DAVIDOVICH (ISR) is also still in the medal hunt, just two points back from LINARES.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 ESP Blanca MANCHON (4) 1 1 4 1 2 (15) OCS 1 1 2 1 14
2 FRA Anne Sophie LE PAGE 3 (4) (15) OCS 1 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 20
3 ITA Laura LINARES 2 2 2 2 (6) 1 3 4 (6) 1 6 23
4 ISR Maayan DAVIDOVICH 1 (6) 3 3 3 4 1 3 3 (5) 4 25
5 CHN Chen CHUN 5 3 5 5 4 6 4 5 5 (7) (12) 42
6 POL Maegorzata BIATECKA 6 7 4 (9) 5 5 (15) OCS 6 7 9 3 52
7 GER Wiebke SRADNICK 9 9 8 (13) (11) 7 5 9 4 4 5 60
8 HKG Hei Man CHAN 7 5 6 7 7 (12) 6 8 8 (10) 9 63
9 BRA Caterina FREITAS (12) (14.1) DPI 10 10 8 8 8 7 9 8 10 78
10 NED Nikki VAN RIEL 10 10 (15) OCS 8 10 9 (15) OCS 12 15 OCS 6 7 87

Windsurfer Boys - Mistral

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Lukasz GRODZICKI has continued
the excellent Polish run in the
windsurfer events
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Lukasz GRODZICKI (POL) made his discard in the first race of the day but then secured his World Championship victory when he took third in the following race. His gold medal follows on from the win last year of Kamil LEWANDOWSKI and is Poland's seventh gold medal in the last six years, equaling Australia's record of seven golds since 1999.

A fourth and a second place keeps Pierre LE COQ (FRA) second overall, four points ahead of Spain's Juan MORENO. 2004 silver medallist Nimrod MASHIAH could not quite match his performance of yesterday, but a second and a fourth mean a podium place is still within his reach. In fifth overall Cyprus' Andreas SOFRONIOU scored a bullet in race ten, but a subsequent ninth place means his medal hopes look slim. The day's other bullet went to Riccardo BELLI DELLISCA (ITA), who moves up to seventh overall.

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 POL Lukasz GRODZICKI 1 1 1 1 1 1 (3) 2 2 (8) 3 13
2 FRA Pierre LECOQ 5 2 5 2 (8) 3 5 1 (7) 4 2 29
3 ESP Juan MORENO 3 (7) 3 5 2 2 (8) 5 3 5 5 33
4 ISR Nimrod MASHIAH (18) OCS 3 6 (8) 3 7 7 3 1 2 4 36
5 CYP Andreas SOFRONIOU 2 9 2 3 6 5 2 (12) (11) 1 9 39
6 AUT Thomas KARGL 6.3 RDF 4 7 6 4 (8) 4 8 4 7 (11) 50.3
7 ITA Riccardo BELLI DELLISCA 8 (12) 11 (12) 12 4 9 10 5 3 1 63
8 HKG Kwok Pa MA 6 8 9 7 7 6 10 4 (18) OCS (15) 8 65
9 CHN Chen ZEYAN 10 5 8 10 5 (18) OCS 1 11 9 10 (15) 69
10 GBR Peter BIRD 9 6 4 4 (14) 13 14 (15) 10 6 10 76

Multihull Open - Hobie 16

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Julien VILLION and Martin
BATAILLE lie third going
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The battle in the Hobie 16's look set to be the closest of the Championship. Australia's Evan WALKER and Kyle LANGFORD finished third in today's race to take a one point lead at the top. Defending champions Tom PHIPPS and Jon COOK (GBR) are a point behind them after finishing second and are tied on points with last year's silver medallists Julien VILLION and Martin BATAILLE (FRA). After scoring a bullet in today's race, 2004 bronze medallists Juan MAEGLI and Ana Cristina GUIROLA (GUA) are now right back in the title fight, just three points behind the leaders in fourth place overall.
Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 AUS Evan WALKER Kyle LANGFORD 3 2 3 2 5 (8) 1 (6) 2 3 21
2 GBR Tom PHIPPS Jon COOK (6) 1 5 1 (7) 4 4 4 1 2 22
3 FRA Julien VILLION Martin BATAILLE 1 4 2 (6) (6) 1 2 2 6 4 22
4 GUA Juan MAEGLI Ana Cristina GUIROLA 4 (7) (9) 3 1 3 6 3 3 1 24
5 ITA Virrorio BISSARO Lamberto LEJARI 2 3 6 5 3 (10) 3 9 5 (11) 36
6 GER Lauritz BOCKELMANN Nils HIESTERMANN 5 8 4 (11) (9) 2 7 1 8 5 40
7 USA T.J. TULLO Jerry TULLO 8 5 1 (9) 2 5 (9) 7 7 8 43
8 BRA Felipe FREY Bruno FREY 9 6 7 4 (11) 6 5 (10) 4 7 48
9 SIN Melcolm HUANG Pei Quan CHUNG (10) 9 8 7 4 9 (10) 5 10 6 58
10 NZL Rory GODMAN Kelly GODMAN 7 (12) DNF (12) DNF 10 10 7 8 8 9 9 68

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.

While the pursuit of the individual titles will be focussing the minds of the sailors on the final day of racing tomorrow, after counting the points up to race nine, the French have extended their lead to 49 points in the Volvo Trophy international team contest. Great Britain lie second with Spain just a further eleven points back in third, and the USA only nine points behind them.

Amy Bradley-Watson. Image, Singapore's Wee Chin TEO and Terence KOH are heading towards their country's first ever ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal:© Peter Bentley
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