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21 July 2002, 10:42 pm
Race report - day 2
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FRA 29er team

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship

Close and tactical racing today of the coast of Nova Scotia as the breeze was light and it was important to get the shifts right.
The windsurfers were kept ashore for two hours before being sent to a course set close to the shore in the hope to find the breeze. The first race for the Mistral was sailed in very light wind and only after a break and moving the course further out into the bay they benefited the most from the breeze finally arriving late afternoon.

The 29ers and Lasers, Bytes classes completed three races, the Mistral classes completed two. The unofficial standings after Sunday's races are as follows:

In the Boys 29er, France's Guillavme Vigna/Thibaut Gatti dominated the course with two firsts and a second, to climb to top spot in the overall standing.

"The conditions were great for us," said the 17-year-old Vigna, of Cannes. "Today was our day. But if there is more wind in the next races, the New Zealanders will be tough."

Also in Boys 29er, the New Zealand duo of Geoff Woolley/Mark Overington slipped from first to second overall after a shaky Race 4 and 5 and Australia's Nathan Outteridge/Ayden Menzies performed consistently to hang onto third.

In the Girls 29er, Britain's Pippa Wilson/Jenny Marks are solidly in first place, with a first and two second places finishes Sunday. Australia's Elise Rechichi/Rashele Martin are in second and New Zealand's team of Rachel O'Brien and Kelly Riechelmann had a strong showing today to climb to 3rd from 9th over-all.

"We're happy with our team work," said Wilson. "We're in a very good frame of mind for the racing here and we don't want a day off." No races are scheduled for Monday.

In the Boys Laser class Andrew Campbell of the United States showed very consistent form to take the top spot from New Zealand's Michael Bullot. Tobias Schadewaldt of Germany remained in second place and Ivan Kjakovic Gaspic of Croatia placed third.

Canada's Mike Leigh finished in 8th over all, plagued with a 13th place finish in the first race Sunday and an earlier disqualification While he's disappointed, the veteran racer is optimistic.

"I'm not sailing great right now," said Leigh. "I'm hoping to get used to the style of racing as the week goes on."

In the Girls Byte class, the Northern girls dominate the board with Canada's Jennifer Spalding is sitting on top of the standings, Silja Lehtinen of Finland is in second and Karin Soderstrom of Sweden is 3rd over-all.

The 16-year-old Spalding is very excited about her performance, which has been improving with every race. She had come to the championships looking for a spot somewhere in the top five.

"My starts were very good and a big part of the reason why I'm winning," said the Vancouver resident. "They were the best starts I've had in a long time."

In the Boys Mistral class, there was very little movement at the top places. Switzerland's Jan Schenck remains in the lead, with Great Britain's Dan Binney is second over-all and Byron Kokkalanis from Greece remains in the third spot. Canada's Mike Hayes is still in 7th place over-all.

In the Girl's Mistral Class, Blanca Manchon of Spain sailed to the top spot in the series up from third; Wai Man Chan of Hong Kong and Charline Picon of France are second and third respectively. Poland's Zofia Klepacka finished first in all four races, but retired from the first race because she did not sail the proper course to sit at 4th spot. There are only two points separating first and fourth. Lisa McKenzie of Canada is in ninth.

The Volvo Trophy shows a different picture from the past years in this Championship. France dominated the Nations Trophy for years but now New Zealand is in the lead with 156 points before the USA (134 points) and France in third place with 132 points.
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