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21 July 2003, 12:21 pm
Tricky Conditions on Day 2
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
Canical, Madeira

Day two of the Youth Worlds here in Madeira saw more of the same, tricky conditions that tested the young athletes on day one of the event on Saturday.
Again the windward marks on all courses were brought close inshore, which led to big shifts and big gusts going into the top of the racecourse. This is one of the facts that could well be turning this regatta into a very high scoring one, as all the top sailors drop results, and pile on the points.

Today there are two races scheduled for each fleet, the breeze is slightly less yesterday, and from the north, giving another day of challenging sailing. Races on all courses are due to start at midday local time and two races will be sailed.

One aspect of the event in Madeira is the presence of renowned coach Jim Saltonstall, who is here on behalf of the World Youth Sailing Trust to provide valuable feedback to every sailor here, this is Jim's 25th Youth World's, in 23 of which he was in charge of Team GBR.

Each evening, Jim is debriefing sailors on their day on the water, and yesterday evening, as well as a video debrief, talks on strategy, tuning, starting, rules and tactics, Jim reminded everyone what they have achieved just by being here. Every one of these athletes represent the best at what they do, and the names on the medals, will be the names to look out for at future world class and Olympic regattas.

Yesterday's Racing

Boys Single-handed - Laser


Alex STEELE (CAN) still leads the fleet after the two races sailed yesterday, although dropping to 16 place in race four, he succeeded in coming back confidently in race two to finish fifth and lead the results after day two. Eduardo COUTO (BRA) moves into second place today and takes his first set of top three stickers for the week, moving ahead of the young Croatian Tonki STIPANOVIC, after performing better on his second day on the water here in Madeira.

Only four points separate the top three medal positions in the Laser class and at this early stage in the regatta everything is to play for.

Top Ten

Laser Boys

Day #1 Day #2
Pos Nation Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 CAN Alex Steele 5 5 2 16 5 33
2 BRA Eduardo Couto 1 12 5 8 8 34
3 CRO Tonci Stipanovic 3 8 6 19 1 37
4 NED Roelof Bouwmeester 8 14 3 5 7 37
5 SLO Marko Sekardi 6 6 4 6 22 44
6 NZL Luke Judge 14 3 14 15 2 48
7 GER Simon Groteluschen 2 10 18 14 4 48
8 AUS Ricky Ironmonger 4 4 34\DSQ 4 3 49
9 IRL Nicholas O'Leary 16 11 11 2 11 51
10 HUN Gyorgy Fazakas 9 13 1 18 14 55


Girls Single-handed - Laser Radial

Krystal WIER (AUS) still leads the fleet after her blistering performance on day one followed by a solid one yesterday. Although not replicating her first day results of two first places she did manage to score a fifth and a seventh to consolidate her lead.

Scoring identical but reciprocated results on day two, Charlotte DOBSON (GBR) is in second place, some nine points behind Crystal at this stage, and with Cecilia CARRANZA winning race five yesterday and lying in third place overall, a clear pecking order is being formed by the results in the girls fleet.

Gea BARBIC (CRO), one of three sailors in this fleet funded by the ISAF Athlete Participation programme that includes, Merilli RANDMAA (EST) and Angela ALBELA (PUR), is still in fourth place in the championship and challenging the three leaders at every opportunity.

The jury is out in force on all courses policing rule 42 infringements and have given a number of yellow flag penalties so far in the racing. Judging has been described as "strict but fair" and reflects the new standardisation of judging policy established by the ISAF Rule 42 working party recently.

Top Ten

Laser Radial Girls

Day #1 Day #2
Pos Nation Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 AUS Krystal Weir 1 1 2 5 7 16
2 GBR Charlotte Dobson 7 3 3 7 5 25
3 ARG Cecilia Carranza 5 6 10 8 1 30
4 CRO Gea Barbic 9 5 1 3 14 32
5 NZL Jo Alem 3 4 8 15 3 33
6 USA Paige Railey 2 2 25\OCS 1 11 41
7 FRA Sarah Steayert 4 25\DSQ 4 2 6 41
8 SUI Stéphanie Rossé 13 11 13 9 2 48
9 BRA Odile Ginaid 11 13 9 6 10 49
10 DEN Anne Marie Holm 8 7 11 17 9 52


Boys Double-handed - 420

Another high scoring championship looks on the cards for this fleet, outside of first place anyway. The Australian leaders after day two Nathan OUTTERIDGE & Ayden MENZIES, seem to be revelling tin the tricky conditions, and have a comfortable lead at the head of the results table. With three first place finishes on day one, they capitalised with a consistent second and third yesterday, going into day three with only eight points out of five races. The pair seem to have made an effortless transition from the 29er after their Gold medal at last year's championship.

Loic Le BACQUER & Yannick PEDUZZI (FRA) are still in second after scoring creditable fourth and third place finishes, whilst the British pair had a difficult day yesterday and drop into fourth place, with Matija LONGIN & Ivan BARBAROSSA popping up into third place.

Top Ten

420 Boys

Day # 1 Day #2
Pos Nation Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 AUS Natha Outteridge & Ayden Menzies 1 1 1 3 2 8
2 FRA Loic Le Bacquer & Yannick Peduzzi 3 6 7 4 3 23
3 CRO Matija Longin & Ivan Barbarossa 5 10 4 5 7 31
4 GBR Callum Macdonald & Haakon Karlsen 12 3 2 9 15 41
5 NZL Scott Kennedy & Allistair Thompson 4 7 12 2 16 41
6 JPN Wataru Murayama & Takashi Hasegawa 2 5 14 10 10 41
7 DEN Bo Schulein & Tobias Norbo 7 12 3 22 4 48
8 ESP Eduardo Zalvide & Andrés Velez 27\OCS 9 6 7 6 55
9 SIN Yuan Zhen Xu & Jia Ming Benjam Tan 14 2 13 13 14 56
10 ISR Bem Eshel & Ilya Steinman 10 17 15 6 8 56


Girls Single-handed - 420

The Australian dominance of double handed sailing has been apparent for a while in the Olympic classes and is now filtering into the Youth World classes. Always thought of as a feeder boat for the 470, the 420 is a good breeding ground for the future in that class.

Elise RECHICHI & Rayshele MARTIN have, after two day's racing, emulated their team mates performance of three firsts and a dominant position at the top of the leader board. They are good bets for a medal at this stage and hold a lead of 15 points over Team France in second place.

The Danish pair of Henriette KOCH & Lene SOMMER have leapfrogged Singapore into third place.

Top Ten

420 Girls

Day #1 Day #2
Pos Nation Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 AUS Elise Rechichi & Rayshele Martin 2 1 2 1 1 7
2 FRA Camille Lecointre & Gwendolyn Lemaitre 6 8 1 2 5 22
3 DEN Henriette Koch & Lene Sommer 10 2 4 3 6 25
4 SIN Liying Toh & Shiu Wun S. Tam 1 3 5 7 13 29
5 GBR Alison Martin & Bethan Carden 5 10 9 4 2 30
6 GER Geeske Genrich & Franziska Sattlemacher 4 16 8 5 3 36
7 NZL Olivia Powrie & Sarah Bilkey 3 5 7 10 16 41
8 USA Caroline Young & Shannon Heauster 7 7 10 6 12\ZFP 42
9 POR Mariana Freitas & Carmo Bustorff 17 9 6 8 8\ZFP 48
10 JPN Mei Hokao & Mayu Nishio 8 6 13 14 9 50


Boys Sailboard - Mistral

Event being ranked in the top 100 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings is not a prequel to a Youth World Gold medal, but Argentine sailor Mariano BENITEZ is putting in the results to prove that he deserves his position in the Official Rankings for Olympic Classes. A second and a fifth on day two consolidated his lead in the Mistral.

Casper BOUMAN (NED) has dropped from second equal to third overall after his equal placed competitor WING Ho Yu (HKG) proved that there are other people on the track apart from Benitez, nailing both races yesterday to score to firsts.

Top Ten

Mistral Boys

Day #1 Day #2
Pos Sail Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 ARG Mariano Benitez 1 1 1 2 5 10
2 HKG Wing Ho Yu 5 5 2 1 1 14
3 NED Casper Bouman 4 2 6 4 4 20
4 GRE Biron Kokalanis 7 4 5 3 3 22
5 NZL Davie Robertson 6 6 9 5 12 38
6 ISR Shahar Tzuberi 11 8 11 7 2 39
7 BRA Fernando Pasqualin 12 3 3 13 8 39
8 POL Tomasz Frydrychowicz 3 15 4 6 11 39
9 GBR Peter Bird 9 7 7 9 9 41
10 BUL Vesselin Nanev 13 13 13 12 6 57


Girls Boardsailing - Mistral

Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) continues to lead this small, but perfectly formed fleet with a good couple of wins yesterday. Showing that it will take something special to knock her off the top spot, she is earning valuable points for Poland's assault on the Volvo Trophy for the overall best competing nation.

Second placed Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) has scored almost as consistently as Zofia, and now lies in second place with a second and four first place finishes.

Top Ten

Mistral Girls

Day #1 Day #2
Pos Nation Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 POL Zofia Klepacka 1 1 1 1 1 5
2 ITA Flavia Tartaglini 2 3 3 3 3 14
3 NZL Anna Eason 6 5 2 2 4 19
4 ISR Shimrit Oded 8 4 4 6 7 29
5 FRA Anne Sophie LePage 7 6 7 4 5 29
6 GBR Stephanie Thompson 3 8 8 7 6 32
7 ESP Blanca Manchon 12\OCS 2 12\DSQ 5 2 33
8 SUI Corina Hess 5 9 6 9 9 38
9 NED Nikki Van Riel 9 7 5 10 8 39
10 GER Wiebke Sradnick 4 10 9 8 10 41


So far in the championship we have had five races in each fleet. With good race management conditions for the experienced team every race has been started on time and gone to schedule. Over the six fleets there have been a grand total of 18 different race winners, with the boys single-handed fleet being hardest to call, each race having been won by a different sailor.

With her total dominance in the early stages of the regatta, Zofia KLEPACKA is the only race winner in the girls boardsailing.

As we look out, with a perfect view from the championship venue of Quinta do Lorde Yacht Club, on the race areas for the Lasers and 420's, racing for the day is due to start. ISAF will bring you all the latest news and action, as it breaks. Full results are on the event website at the address below.
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