On day 3 of the ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds the round robin ended with the top six teams in the league within just two point of each other.
At the start of the day it was still unclear who would qualify for the quarterfinals as the battle for 6th to 8th position remained fiery. Nelson Mettraux (SVI), Tyler Rice (ISV), Markus Rönnberg (FIN) and Philip Bendon (IRL) were battling to continue in the regatta and qualify in the top eight, Rönnberg was now pulling in straight wins after few losses in the first two days.
The wind filled up 10:20, and the postponement was lowered. In flight 28 Vladislav Abramov (RUS) opened his score with a win. Before flight 32 Rönnberg (FIN) was sitting with five losses and he needed to pull in two victories against Mark Lees (GBR) and Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) to get a place in the quarterfinals. In a tight match Lees beat him, and as Rice had won against him earlier, Rönnberg was out of the quarters.
However in the last two flights the teams started to show their skills battling for the top ranks in the round robin, the skill level of the matches was high for the youth sailors and promises world-class action for the remaining two days.
Aschenbrenner commented, "We did well today winning four out of four matches. That was enough to win the round robin. The conditions are light, some puffs and shifts, but they are not unpredictable making the racing fair."
Sam Gilmour (AUS) won 3 and lost 1 and was pretty happy, "We aim to be consistent and improve throughout the regatta. The light wind makes the starboard entry more important in the pre-start, and the pre-start can make or break your race."
The racing continues 25 July 10:30 local time with eight teams in the quarterfinals: Aschenbrenner (DEN), Sam Gilmour (AUS), Lees (GBR), Quiroga (FRA), Snow (USA), Steele (NZL), Galati (ITA), and Rice (ISV).
Full results after round robin:
1 Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN
2 Sam Gilmour, AUS
3 Chris Steele, NZL
4 Mark Lees, GBR
5 Pierre Quiroga, FRA
6 Nevin Snow, USA
7 Valerio Galati, ITA
8 Tyler Rice, ISV
9 Markus Ronnberg, FIN
10 Nelson Mettraux, SUI
11 Philip Bendon, IRL
12 Jakob Klitte, SWE
13 Florian Haufe, GER
14 Vladislav Abramov, RUS
15 Slawomir Plichta, POL
The ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship joined the ISAF family of events at the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.
The Championship will bring together the best youth match racers from around the world acknowledging their skills and offering a pathway to senior match racing competition.
Helsinki, Finland was selected to host the inaugural event from 23-27 July 2014.
Swinoujscie, Poland will hold the 2015 edition of the event.
ISAF Youth Match Worlds Microsite - http://www.sailing.org/events/youthmatchworlds/index.php
Event Website - http://www.njk.fi/matchrace/isaf-youth-match-racing-wc/