Denmark, France, Australia and USA are fighting for a place in the ISAF Youth Match Race World Championship final.
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) leads Pierre Quiroga (FRA) 2-0, and Sam Gilmour (AUS) leads Nevin Snow (USA) 2-0 in the semi-finals.
In quarter final 1 it was Aschenbrenner against Tyler Rice (ISV), in the first two matches Rice took a penalty leaving Aschenbrenner to convincingly win 3-0. In the second pair it was Gilmour against Valerio Galati (ITA). Gilmour took the first two matches, but Galati fought back in the third, and took a win. In the fourth match Gilmour started with the starboard advantage, and used that to take the lead and the win.
The Third pair was Chris Steele (NZL) against Snow, the American skipper was strong in the first two matches, but Steele fought back in the third. Snow succeeded in the fourth confirming his place in the semi-finals. In the fourth pair Quiroga was convincing against Mark Lees (GBR), taking a sweeping 3-0 win.
The semi-finals were raced to two points today, leaving some matches for tomorrow. Currently Aschenbrenner leads Quiroga 2-0, and Gilmour is ahead of Snow also with a 2-0 lead.
After the semi-finals started the matches for places 5-8 were run. On the top for the fifth place came Rice, following him in sixth was Steele, seventh Galati, and an eighth for Lees.
The racing continues Sunday 09:30 local time with a packed program of semi-finals, the final and the petit final.
Results for places 5-15:
5 Mark Lees, GBR
6 Valerio Galati, ITA
7 Chris Steele, NZL
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/