2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - US Team mid-event report

Haddon Hughes, Laser Radial.
Yvette Eenkema/US Sailing
2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - With three days in the books at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, the American contingent looks to continue their strong showing over the final two days of racing in Tavira, Portugal. US athletes are currently in close medal contention in three classes (Laser Radial, 29er and SL16), and the possibility remains that Team USA could finish in the top ten in six of eight classes.

This overall consistency has the United States currently sitting in third in the prestigious Nations Trophy standings, ahead of 36 countries and trailing only France and Spain. Challenging conditions each day in the form of light, shifty winds have required a full-team effort to understand and interpret, and a group approach, explained Team Leader and Head Coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), has been the key to many solid performances so far. 'I’m really pleased with how the team has raced,' said Spina, who also serves as the Youth Development Director for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. 'These kids are having fun and staying focused, but they are also trying to help each other every day. They are disciplined on and off the water, even though the days have been very long.'

Ravi Parent (Bradenton, Fla.), who has returned for his second Youth Worlds, said that the team briefings each day have been a significant help. 'We meet each morning as a full team, fully rested, and discuss what happened the day before,' said Parent. 'There has been a pattern to the conditions here, and talking it over with our coaches Mike [Kalin] and Kevin [Hall], and the rest of the team has really helped us. We are starting to figure out the venue. I’m learning a lot from them about how to evaluate a race course.' For Parent, a second chance at the Youth Worlds podium represents a big opportunity, and has necessitated a new game plan. 'I have a more patient approach this time. Last year I was really focused on my equipment, and figuring out the SL16, but this time I’m just focusing on using my overall multihull skills.'

Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas) jumped out to an early lead in the Laser Radial class, and held the top spot over the first two days before falling to a close second on Day three after three race wins by Spaniard Martina Reino Cacho. Hughes, who finished fifth in 2013, said that last year served as a springboard for an even stronger campaign in 2014. 'It was such a great event last year, I was so excited to come again. It’s great competition, you learn so much.' Her stellar showing in light air so far this week has been especially impressive for the Texan, who normally specializes in heavy conditions.

Another Youth Worlds veteran, Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.), now sailing with Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.), is truly on a mission at this event. In two previous Youth Worlds campaigns with brother Dane Wilson, younger sibling Quinn has come within just a few points of the podium each time. Currently sitting in second, Wilson and Gibbs will have to rely on their significant combined experience to stay consistent over the final races of the regatta.

USA Team
Yvette Eenkema/US Sailing


Standings: 2014 US Sailing ISAF Youth World Championship Team

• 2nd, Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas)
• 2nd, 29er (open high performance dinghy): Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.)
• 4th, SL16 (open multihull): Ravi Parent (Bradenton, Fla.) and Nicholas Schultz (Sarasota, Fla.)
• 11th, RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Pedro Pascual (Cadiz, Spain)
• 10th, International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Audrey Giblin (Monmouth Beach, N.J) and Taylor Gavula (Villanova, Pa.)
• 14th, International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.) and Florian Eenkema van Dijk (Darien, Conn.)
• 21st, RS:X (girl’s windsurfer): Charlotte Samson (Clearwater, Fla.)
• 37th, Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.)

Nations Trophy: USA stands in third among 39 nations.

The members of the US Sailing 2014 Youth Worlds Team are also members of the the 2014 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT). The USSDT is comprised of the country’s top sailors in the classes selected for the 2014 Youth Worlds and the 10 events selected for the Olympic Games. For full roster, please click here.

Overall Results:
RankCountryHelmNameCrewNameR1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett
1st
POR
Diogo PereiraManuel Macedo6.03.0(21.0)6.01.01.038.017.0
2nd
JPN
Ibuki KoizumiKotaro Matsuo2.01.06.01.011.0(17.0)38.021.0
3rd
MAS
Mohammad Faizal NorizanAhmad Syukri Abdul Aziz5.02.01.0(13.0)3.013.037.024.0
4th
SIN
Yia Jia LohJonathan Yeo3.08.04.011.0(33.0 RET)6.065.032.0
5th
FRA
Hippolyte MachettiSidoine Dantes4.09.0(20.0)2.010.08.053.033.0
6th
NED
Bart LambriexPhilip Meijer7.05.013.0(33.0 UFD)6.011.075.042.0
7th
CHI
Francisco DucasseExequiel Grez12.011.09.04.09.0(20.0)65.045.0
8th
ISR
Harel YadidItay Lamprecht14.0(16.0)12.016.02.02.062.046.0
9th
SUI
Maxime BachelinPhilippe Pittet1.014.0(22.0)9.08.015.069.047.0
10th
BRA
Tiago BritoPhillip Essle9.010.03.020.0(33.0 UFD)5.080.047.0
11th
GBR
Timothy RileyJames Taylor16.04.011.0(21.0)5.012.069.048.0
12th
GER
Frederick EichhorstJulius Erbach11.07.08.015.07.0(16.0)64.048.0
13th
HKG
Calum GregorHugo Christensson8.012.010.07.012.0(27.0)76.049.0
14th
USA
Jack ParkinFlorian Eenkema15.0(33.0 DSQ)16.05.04.010.083.050.0
15th
ARG
Felipe DinizIvan Aranguren10.019.018.0(24.0)13.04.088.064.0
16th
ITA
Gianmaria CaicontiEdoardo Portoraro(27.0)13.02.017.015.019.093.066.0
17th
TUR
Sazi Kerem BalanliIbrahim Balanli13.015.017.08.018.0(26.0)97.071.0
18th
HUN
Zsombor GyapjasKristof Ziegler(24.0)23.07.018.021.03.096.072.0
19th
IRL
Robert DicksonSean Waddilove20.017.05.0(33.0 UFD)22.014.0111.078.0
20th
NZL
Sam BarnettZak Merton17.06.014.0(33.0 UFD)20.024.0114.081.0
21st
ESP
Andres Alvarez GilSergio Rodriguez Fazanes21.0(22.0)19.03.017.022.0104.082.0
22nd
IND
Upamanyu Gautama DuttArosh Sanjeev Chaudhari22.0(29.0)28.010.014.09.0112.083.0
23rd
AUT
Nikolaus Kampelm?hlerRaphael Hussl23.018.015.014.019.0(25.0)114.089.0
24th
AUS
Emerson CarlbergLachlan Gilmour(25.0)21.024.019.023.018.0130.0105.0
25th
CYP
Haris PapazoglouRafail Theocharous18.026.0(33.0 DSQ)12.027.030.0146.0113.0
26th
FIN
Anton EklundSam Stenman29.027.027.027.0(33.0 UFD)7.0150.0117.0
27th
KOR
Son WoosukChoi Beomhae19.020.0(33.0 DSQ)23.025.032.0152.0119.0
28th
RSA
Ryan RobinsonDominic Van Der Walt26.025.0(30.0)26.016.029.0152.0122.0
29th
POL
Grzegorz OlkoStanislaw Rymkiewicz(30.0)30.025.022.029.021.0157.0127.0
30th
RUS
Danil KosachevValeri Adaikin(28.0)24.026.025.024.028.0155.0127.0
31st
LTU
Jonas KazlauskasAivaras Kijauskas(31.0)31.023.028.026.023.0162.0131.0
32nd
MEX
Gabriel ToribioJesus Cobos(32.0)28.029.029.028.031.0177.0145.0
Scoring codes used
CodeDescriptionPoints
DSQDisqualification33
RETRetired33
UFDU Flag disqualification33

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