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15 February 2008, 10:23 pm
Medal Race Wraps Up Yngling Worlds
Krystal WEIR, Karyn GOJNICH and Angela FARRELL
Krystal WEIR, Karyn GOJNICH and Angela FARRELL were the surprise package of this year's Worlds

Yngling World Championships 2008
Miami, Florida, USA

Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON had already secured victory at the Yngling World Champions so it was a battle for silver and bronze in Friday's Medal Race.
Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) had already secured the Yngling World Championship title on Thursday and could go into the Medal Race relaxed (click here to read more on the British team's win). The race was going to be about the silver and bronze medals and the other top results.

Forth ranked crew going into the Medal Race, Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA) were fighting for a medal and had the possibility of winning silver if they could out manoeuvre their opponents and results went their way.

The race started in a building sea breeze with relatively small shifts, but more importantly, with differences in pressure that were difficult to see in the sun-glittering water. On the short course of a Medal Race the start is crucial and there is often a big fight for the committee or pin end, to make a quick get away to the anticipated favoured side.

At this Medal Race most teams choose to fight for the pin end and the start was extremely tight. Siren SUNDBY, Lise Birgitte FREDRIKSEN and Alexandra KOEFOED (NOR) were called OCS. Due to the tightness of the start they could not judge that they were the boat over the line. They did not restart and were scored OCS for the race.

Anne-Claire LE BERRE, Marion DEPLANQUE and Alice PONSAR (FRA) got a fine start, were the first boat at the top mark and then lead the fleet down to the gate. At the second upwind the French were overtaken by Silja LEHTINEN, Maria KLEMETZ and Livia VARESMAA (FIN). It was very close between the two teams and after a match race down the final run the French team finally won, getting the better of a gibing duel at the finishing line.

Going around the top mark to the final run, BARKOW's team were in the bronze medal position. However Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Julia BLECK and Ute HOEPFNER (GER) overtook two boats close to the finish to take the final podium spot. Krystal WEIR, Karyn GOJNICH and Angela FARRELL (AUS), the surprise team of the regatta, secured the silver.

Results - click here
Yngling World Championship - www.ussailing.org/olympics/ynglingworlds/index.asp

Mattias Dahlstrom - yngling.org
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