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23 July 2002, 10:38 pm
Race Report - Day Three
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Jennifer Spalding (CAN)© Peter Bentley

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship

Competitors settled back into the race groove Tuesday at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship after a day off in historic Lunenburg.
There are clusters of sailors in the top positions, but three race days remain so there is still room for change.

Wind for the first races were light at about 6 to 8 knots, but built to 15 knots for the final race of the day. Mistral competitors sailed three races to make up for only completing two on Sunday, the other classes raced two.

So far, New Zealand is in the lead for the Volvo Trophy, which is based on team results across all racing classes. Last year, France won it for the sixth time, when a Kiwi competitor was disqualified for an administrative matter. In the preliminary standings Canada has its best showing ever, standing in sixth place, up from 18th last year in France.

The unofficial standings after Tuesday's races are as follows:

In the Boys 29er class there was no change among the top ranked teams. France's Guillavme Vigna and Thibaut Gatti are in first place while the New Zealand team of Geoff Woolley and Mark Overington are in second. Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Ayden Menzies performed consistently to hang onto third over-all.

Canada's entry of Trevor McEwen of Belleville, Ont, and Chris Hewson of Burlington, Ont are in sixth place, up from ninth after the previous race day.

In Girls 29er class, the teams from Britain, New Zealand and Australia continue to finish in the top three. Britain's Pippa Wilson and Jenny Marks are in first place, but Australia's Elise Rechichi and Rashele Martin are nipping at their heels in second and New Zealand's team of Rachel O'Brien and Kelly Riechelmann are in third.

Rechichi said the racing was very close Tuesday, with the lead switching back and forth at every mark.

"We read the wind shifts right in the first race to get in front of the fleet and come first," said Rechichi who helmed the 29er to a first and a third place finish in the day's racing. "But what we did to the British team in the first race, they did to us in the second."

Canada's 29er girls team Maddy Purves-Smith of Calgary and Cassidy Richardson of Winnipeg stayed at ninth over-all, but their 5th place finish in the second race of the day was an improvement over Sunday's finishes.

In Boys Laser, Tobias Schadewaldt of Germany is in first place after seven races, but stands a mere one point in front of second place Andrew Campbell of the United States. New Zealand's Michael Bullot is in third.

Schadewaldt says he's having far more success in this championships compared to last year in France when he placed eighth over-all.

"I was very nervous in France," said the 17-year-old. "But I seem to have been able to overcome that mentality. Also, the sailing organization and the food at this championship are excellent and that makes a difference."

Canada's Mike Leigh finished fourth in the first race and seventh in the second, and is now sixth overall.

In the Girls Byte Class, Paige Railey of the United States climbed up to top spot from third, after first and fifth place finishes in Tuesday's races. Canada's Jen Spalding is in second spot and Karin Soderstrom is in third.

"I'm excited but I'm not going to let it get to my head," said the 15-year-old Railey. "It's early going and the other girls are really strong and anything can happen."

Spalding finished second in the first race Tuesday despite capsizing once and having to do a penalty turn for hitting the windward mark. The 16-year-old also capsized in the second race, but finished sixth.

"I'm sort of surprised that I'm doing so well," said the Vancouver native, who credits her starts for her good position. "Being in the lead is way better than being in the pack because you don't have to fight for fresh air."

In the Boys Mistral class, Byron Kokkalanis of Greece is in first, New Zealand's Thomas Ashley is second and Switzerland's Jan Schenck is in third. Canada's Mike Hayes slips to 11th from seventh.

Poland's Zofia Klepacka has taken over top spot in the Girls Mistral series with first and second place finishes in Tuesday's races. Blanca Manchon of Spain slipped to second place and Wai Man Chan of Hong Kong remains in third. Lisa McKenzie of Canada is ninth.
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