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23 July 2010, 10:28 am
ISAF Youth Worlds Stars On Form At Laser Radial Youth Worlds
Action in Largs
Light Winds at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Largs

Laser Radial Youth World Champinship 2010
Largs, Great Britain

Racing is underway at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Largs, Scotland. Titles are up for grabs in boy's and girls fleets with many of the stars from the recent ISAF Youth Worlds in Turkey back in action.
After a day and a half sitting waiting for the wind, a steady, building northerly breeze trickled down the Clyde on Wednesday allowing racing to commence for the 320 competitors at the Laser Radial World Youth Championship in Largs. After a long postponement two more races of the qualifiying series were completed in a steady 6-8 knot breeze on Thursday.

Racing in the gilr's fleet is extremely close with the ISAF Youth Worlds athletes leading the way. Wtih four races completed, Manami Doi (JPN) who finished tenth in Turkey, is counting a perfect scorecard of three bullets and discarding a seventh to sit at the top of the leaderboard. Hot on her heels is ISAF Youth Worlds bronze medallist Erika Reineke (USA) who is part of a strong American contingent in Largs. After four races Reineke has two bullets and two second place finishes to carry a total of four points.

The top ten is packed with Youth Worlds stars, with Tiril Bue (NOR) lying third overall, the gold medallist Michelle Broekhuizen (NED) is in tenth and the representatives from Germany, Czech Republic, Spain all jostling for position inside the top 15.

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In the Boys' category, Sixteen-year-old Mitchell Kiss (USA) provided spectators with a fine display of impressive racing with a first place in the first race of the day. Yuval Schwartz (ISR), fresh from the Europa Cup at Warnemünde Week, notched up a win in the first race for the blue fleet.

But it was Giovanni Coccoluto (ITA) with a win and a fifth who now leads the fleet by two points from Paul Leroy (FRA). Coccoluto won the bronze medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Turkey last week and finished off the day with a yellow fleet win. With a 14th and 4th today, Elliot Hanson (GBR) is still lying in third place.

There is one more day of qualifying races remaining so it is still 'early days'. Once the necessary four or more qualifying races are complete, boats will be assigned to final series fleets Gold, Silver and Bronze on the basis of their ranks in the qualifying series. The finals to determine the world champions will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

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