A competitive day of racing on Thursday is setting up a tight final round at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship with the gold medal up for grabs in a number of classes.
Racing got off to an early start with the Mistrals heading out under northeasterly winds, while the other fleets commenced racing on schedule. The winds ran at six to eight knots and swung southerly delaying races through the afternoon.
Three races were completed in the Laser and Byte classes, while the Mistrals and 29ers completed two.
The Bluenose II cruised past the race courses under full sail and anchored in Prince's Inlet to watch the racers return to Lunenburg Yacht Club.
New Zealand remains in the lead for the Volvo Trophy, which is based on team results across all racing classes and Canada sits at sixth.
Unofficial standings after Thursday's racing are:
In Girls 29er, Pippa Wilson and Jenny Marks of Great Britain are in first place, just one point ahead of Australia's Elise Rechichi and Rashele Martin. New Zealand's Rachel O'Brien and Kelly Riechelmann are in third. Canada's team of Maddy Purves-Smith and Cassidy Richardson are in ninth spot.
In Boys 29er, Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Ayden Menzies are holding on to the lead after Thursday's racing. In second place, two points behind, are the New Zealand team of Geoff Woolley and Mark Overington. France's Guillavme Vigna and Thibaut Gatti are third.
"It was pretty close after the first race, so we just decided to stay in contact with the New Zealanders," said Menzies. The Aussies squeezed the New Zealanders out at the start line and then made sure they stayed ahead.
Overington of the New Zealand team was shaking his head at being out-manouvered at the start line. "We should have expected it. We should have been prepared for it. We had better keep our heads up."
The Canadian team of Trevor McEwen and Chris Hewson took a different approach to Thursday's racing, giving them their best results of the week. They have moved up one place to stand seventh over-all.
"We were more relaxed," said McEwen. "We accepted that we weren't going to be able to medal, and we made sure our heads were clear."
In Boys Laser, Andrew Campbell of the United States keeps his first place in the standings, with Croatia's Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic in second, and Tobias Schadewaldt of Germany is in third. Canada's Mike Leigh is fourth, substantially improving his performance through the week.
In Girls Byte, Canada's Jennifer Spalding is in first in the standings, Karin Soderstrom of Sweden is in second, while Paige Railey of the United States is in third.
"Jen's performance has have been very consistent," said Canadian coach Tine Moberg-Parker. "She doesn't take massive chances, she doesn't make massive mistakes, and when she's behind, she pulls back up. That's what wins a long regatta like this."
Moberg-Parker says they came into the championship hoping for a place in the top five, a strategic choice to help the 16-year-old Vancouver native deal with the pressure of an international championship.
"She's never been exposed to this level of competition, so we didn't want to set her up for unreal expectations, but we didn't want her to not believe in herself. That's why we went for the top five," said Moberg-Parker.
"But tomorrow we are going to for a medal. Any medal is a good result."
In the Boys Mistral class standings, New Zealand's Thomas Ashley is first, Byron Kokkalanis of Greece is second, and Switzerland's Jan Schenck is third. Mike Hayes of Canada is 11th over-all.
"I came into the regatta in a good frame of mind," said New Zealand's Ashley. "I sail full time, and won the under-20 Mistral world championship which was a really good build up to this regatta."
In Girls Mistral, Poland's Zofia Klepacka is first, Blanca Manchon of Spain and Wai Man Chan of Hong Kong are in second and third spots respectively. Lisa McKenzie of Canada is 10th.