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6 April 2005, 10:44 am
Perfect Sailing Conditions On Second Day
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RYA Youth Championships 2005
Largs, Scotland, Great Britain

The tight competition at Largs continues as the best of Britain's young sailors compete for the national championships and a place in the GB Team for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005.
Despite a grey dawn and lack of breeze the beauty of Largs shone through and the competitors went afloat under blue sky and with 12-16 knots of breeze blowing, allowing all of the fleets to complete their day's schedule of races.

In the 25 boat Laser standard fleet, Grafham Water Sailing Club member Giles SCOTT continued his domination over the fleet. An impressive score line of three race wins out of three races, saw him maintain his first place position. Luke BREEN-TURNER finished runner up to SCOTT in each of the days races to take second place overall, with James ROYSTON of Bewl Valley third.

SCOTT commented on the his successful day, 'The last race of the day was the hardest, as there was a big shift up the first beat and I rounded the windward mark fourth or fifth, but managed to pull back a few boats downwind.' He continued, 'I have been training really hard over the winter as I realized I have finished third twice in a row at this event and it was about time I won it - I really want to win the Youth Worlds place.'

As well as deciding the national champion, the RYA Youth Championships will be used to select the Great Britain Team to compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2005 in Korea. Britain has been one of the most successful nations in the history of the ISAF Youth World Championships and will be taking the full quota of ten sailors to the event. They will be aiming for a repeat of last year's double gold medal winning success and an improvement on the second place they took in the Volvo Trophy, behind the most successful nation at last year's championship, France.

After a further three races in the 420 class, there was no change at the top, although plenty of positions swapping further down the fleet. Tom MALINDINE and James CLARK from Corus Sailing Club managed to maintain consistency in the 48 boat fleet. Winning two out of the three races, the pairing continue to lead the fleet going into the third day of racing. A good day for Richard MASON and Dan SCHIEBER from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club saw them jump up the fleet into second place overall in front of third placed, and first girls pairing, Hannah MILLS and Peggy WEBSTER from Corus Margam Sailing Club.

In the 29er class there was a battle at the front of the fleet between Ed CHAPMAN and Tom PEEL from Rutland Sailing Club and Justin VISSER and Simon WHEELER from Royal Lymington Yacht Club. The first two races of the day went to CHAPMAN and PEEL before VISSER and WHEELER snatched back the third race win. However, a second place in the final race of the day pushed the Rutland club members into first place, seven points in front of VISSER and WHEELER. Victory in the final race of the day, added to consistent scoring in the other three races, saw Dylan FLETCHER and Nick HOLLIS from Northampton Sailing Club take third place as the event approached the halfway mark.

CHAPMAN was pleased with their performance: 'We sailed a good day today. We didn't get the best start in the first race but had great boat speed and managed to get into the lead. The second race went our way from the start and we were pleased to win two races in a row.'

Richard HAMILTON from North Lincs & Humberside had the best day in the Mistral windsurfing fleet, winning two out of the three races. It was not enough to knock local windsurfer Peter BIRD from the top spot though. After discarding his worst result to date, a third place, he counts three firsts and two second places in his score to maintain the lead over the fleet by two points from HAMILTON.

In the MJOD 6.6 class, windsurfer Chris HIGHAM of Bosworth Water Trust continues to lead the class from Peter FEY from Bewl Valley Sailing Club. Fellow Bewl Valley member Anthony Scales is placed third overall.

The close battle continued in the 104 boat Laser Radial fleet and after a further three races Max HOLLOWAY from Mudeford Sailing Club leads the class by two points from yesterday's leader Alison YOUNG from Trimpley. After scoring his worst result so far in the first race of the day, Evan SCOTT from Grafham Water Sailing Club followed it up with two races wins to move up into third place overall.

In the perfect sailing conditions, which at times saw 20 knots of wind, the Hobie 16 fleet managed to get one race ahead of schedule. Ben MANSFIELD and Ben HINKS from the Royal Southern Yacht Club continued their good form in the class and four results inside the top three, including a win in the final race, saw them carry their lead into the third day of racing. Current Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions, Tom PHIPPS and Jon COOK from Restronguet Sailing Club, are just two points behind in second place overall and fellow Restronguet members Sam NEWTON and Nick TAYLER are currently lying third.

Today the competitors have an extra special guest attending the event in the form of HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA. She will be on site at Largs Sailing Club in the morning to meet the competitors prior to them going afloat, before taking to the water herself to watch the racing.

The 2005 RYA Youth Championships and Trials is one of the largest events in the RYA youth racing calendar and 300 young competitors are taking part. As well as identifying national youth champions, the event is used to select the GB Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship team (the 'Youth Olympics'), as well as to review the RYA National Youth Squad. The championship continues through until Friday 8 April.

Sacha Oswald (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The wind gets up on day two:© RYA
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