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24 October 2012, 10:59 am
Saskia Sills Opens Up Gap At RS:X Youth Worlds
Golden girl, Saskia Sills (GBR)
Golden girl, Saskia Sills (GBR)

RS:X Youth World Championship
Pengu Island, Chinese Taipei

With two full days of racing to go at the RS:X Youth Worlds, there is now so much clear blue water between the leaders and the rest that it is hard to imagine how anyone can challenge Pawel Tarnowski (POL) and Saskia Sills (GBR) for their respective world titles.
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominee Sills has brushed aside any challenges that have come her way and has recorded four race wins out of eight sailed thus far.

Anastasiya Valkevich (BLR) pushed harder with a 4-4-3 scoreline to take silver medal position from Neomi Cohen (ISR) who dropped down the leader board after three mid-fleet finishes.

Shahar Tibi (ISR) revelled in the 20-22 knot breeze in Pengu to score 3-2-6 moving her up to third overall, tied with Velkevich. France's Jeanne Dantes (FRA) is just two points back and Saskia's twin sister is another five points adrift.

Dantes and Imogen are still in with a shout of the medals as racing nears the end zone.

Over in the men's fleet Tarnowski punched home his emphatic second day performance by taking two race wins and one second. One more day of such supreme dominance and the game really will be over. Never mind the double point's medal race. It will be just a formality... if it isn't already

Now with eight races completed the fight is well and truly on for the minor places. Mattia Camboni (ITA) took advantage of Kieran Martin's (GBR) nightmare day to snatch second place overall with a 2-2-8. Kieran never really fired up his afterburners. He posted a 12th in the first, an eighth in the second and then put the last race together with a solid fourth.

The other one on the wrong end of the scoreline was Yann Dupont (FRA) who added 29 points to his score after a 8-10-11. He drops to fifth overall behind Martin Olmeta (FRA) who put in a 5-5-1 to boost his charge towards the bronze medal.

Windguru is forecasting good breeze for the next three days so the business end of the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships is set to get really exciting

RS:X Youth Women's Top Five

1. Saskia Sills (GBR) - 15 (U17)
2. Anastasiya Valkevich (BLR) - 27
3. Shahar Tibi (ISR) - 27 (U17)
4. Jeanne Dantes ~(FRA) - 29
5. Imogen Sills (GBR) - 34 (U17)

RS:X Youth Men's Top Five
1. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) - 16
2. Mattia Camboni (ITA) - 30 (U17)
3. Kieran Martin (GBR) - 32
4. Martin Olmeta (FRA) - 35
5. Yann Dupont (FRA) - 50

RS:X Youth Worlds website
RS:X Class (As Amended by ISAF)
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