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3 April 2002, 05:17 pm
Girls lead the way in the 29er class
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Volvo RYA Youth Championships

Racing got underway today at the Volvo RYA Youth Championships and Trials at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, Great Britain.
The event is serving as selection trial for the British team for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships to take place in Canada in July.

Although sailors could not see the other side of Portland Harbour first thing this morning, the fog lifted to reveal a pleasant day with a good breeze of 8-12 knots.

In the highly competitive 31 boat 29er class, it was the girls who dominated the fleet proving to the boys that they could hold their own in these conditions. Pippa Wilson, who has recently made the transition from the cadet class to the 29er, and crew Jenny Marks dominated the fleet, sailing well in the tricky conditions to take two bullets, a fifth and a second place.

In the Laser Standard fleet the competition is extremely high with any of a number of sailors capable of winning the Championships and the coveted honour of representing Great Britain at the ISAF World Championships. After scoring a 5th place at the end of last year at the Europa Cup in Croatia, Charles Baillie-Strong carried on his good form to win the first race of the day followed by a fifth place and another first place. Although rival Laser sailor Nick Scott could not match Baillie-Strong on first places, he sailed smart and ensured he finished in the top three in each race to even Baillie-Strong on points at the end of the day.

In the impressive 117 boat Laser Radial class, the fleet was split into two flights, each flight will sail a maximum of six races and then the top 50% will make up the gold fleet and the rest the silver. After day one, the scores are combined, Nick Thompson leads the fleet from James Tilley. 2001 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships bronze medal winner Natalie Lloyd had a good day, scoring a sixth, fifth and a first place overall to put her at the top of the girls leader board and giving the boys a run for their money.

Out on the 420 race course Scottish sailors Elvind Karlsen and crew Haakon Karlsen won the first race, but at the end of the day the consistent sailing from Oliver Dix and crew Philip Lasko with a 3,4,3 scoreline put them at the top of the leader board after day one by seven points from the Scottish pair. Top girls of the day were Charlotte Savage and Maia Walsh, who were sixth in the first race of the day and followed it up with a nineteenth and a fifth to end day one in ninth place overall.

Ben Mansfield and Ben Hicks lead the Hobie 16 class from Ben Cutler-Sharp and Rupert Stock by only one point after scoring a two first places and a fourth.

Results (after day 1)
Laser Standard
1, Charles Baillie-Strong
2, Nick Scott
3, Luke Cross

Laser Radial-boys
1, Nick Thompson
2, James Tilley
3, Giles Scott

Laser Radial-girls
1, Natalie Lloyd
2, Anneka Smith
3, Colette Blair

1, Pippa Wilson/Jenny Mark
2, Edd Clayson/Adam Clarke
3, David Evans/Andrew Skubala

1, Oliver Dix/Philip Lasko
2, Elvind Karlsen/Haakon Karlsen
3, Iain Watson/David Putt

1, Charlotte Savage/Maia Walsh
2, Joanne McDonald/Faye Govan
3, Joanna Brigg/Micky Boughton

Hobie 16
1, Ben Mansfield/Ben Hicks
2, Ben Cutler-Sharp/Rupert Stock
3, Ross Clarke/Richard Deyes
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