It was an action packed last day at the RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championship. The key ingredient to make it all happen was wind. It had to kick in early and stay for a while. Sadly, the wind gods were busy somewhere else first thing and only made a half-hearted effort to accommodate the regatta late in the day.
The schedule called for a 1000hrs start for the youth men's medal race. The actual start time was closer to 1330hrs. At least the wind was stable and coming from one direction, however it only managed a feeble 4-5 knots.
Perfect conditions for Ofir Halevy
[ISR] and the very opposite for the current RS:X Youth World Champion, Liz Hamilton
(GBR). These two have been duelling all week and Ofir certainly was not going to give up without fighting to the very end, This she did finishing second in the youth women's medal race behind her compatriot Laura Kishon
. Izzy finished sixth scoring 12 points. Her six point cushion was blown and some. She ceded the gold medal to Ofir. Still they will probably meet again in Istanbul at the Volvo Youth ISAF World Championships in a few days. It will be a fascinating battle of wills which Laerke Buhl-hansen
[DEN] will no doubt want to a part of.
Over in the men's fleet the titanic battle between Amir Galili [ISR] and Omer Sofer
[ISR] for gold was interrupted by Arkadiusz Brzozowski
[POL] who stormed through to snatch gold by winning the medal race. Omer Sofer was his normal consistent self but it was not good enough. Amir blew his chances by putting in one of his worst results. Fifth gave him 10 points and a clear third place.
Whilst all this drama was being played out on the race course the Sopot Sailing Club was smoothly handing the registration procedures for the RS:X European Championships which start at the weekend
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