As the fleet have now headed out for what is to be the final race of the 2003 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the winners of not one, but three classes have now been decided.
After it was announced late last night that there would only be one race sailed for all classes today, the 420 boy and 420 girls knew their gold medallists, as well as Polish Mistral sailor Zofia KLEPACKA's medal.
Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ayden MARTIN (AUS) are the new ISAF Youth Sailing World Champions in the Boys Double-handed discipline, and they are joined by team mates Elise RECHICHI and Raychele MARTIN, World Champions in the Girls Double-handed discipline.
Both pairs of sailors sailed consistently in difficult and shifty conditions all week to stake their claim on two of youth sailing's most prestigious prizes, and are well deserved and popular winners.
We are coming to the close of this year's Youth Worlds and it must be said at this stage what a fantastic Championship has been hosted by the Portuguese Sailing Federation, the Madeira Sailing Association, Quinta do Lorde Yacht Club and the people of Madeira.
In difficult conditions on the water the Race Committee has produced fantastic and fair competition for all competitors, no delays and the closest of finishes in many of the classes prove that they have all done an excellent job. Organisation on shore has been impeccable. Every aspect of the daily process from accommodation, food, launching and entertainment have made every team from all 41 nations present very welcome.
Jerome PELS, ISAF Technical Delegate to the Championship, commented, "Compared to all Youth World Championships I have attended for ISAF, this year's is for sure one of the best, if not the best Championship."
He went on to relay the thoughts of the team leaders attending with their athletes by noting, "Talking to the team leaders I have heard them say that it would be impossible to have a better Championship than last year in Canada, but that the people here in Madeira have even improved on last year's event."
Preparations are completed for this evening's Closing Ceremony and Prizegiving on Fuchal pier, during which all the 2003 Champions will be presented with their trophies, and the Volvo Trophy to the best performing nation will be awarded.
ISAF will bring you a final report and photographs, as soon as the winners are known.