Lightning Youth World Championship - Day 1

Lightning Youth World Championship
The Lightning Youth World Championship kicked off Sunday, June 29th with 72 competitors from three different continents and five different countries. Principal Race Office Rob Ruhlman made a valiant effort to get some racing underway, ultimately completing one race on the first day.

The Brazilian Team of Felipe Rondina, Jose Afonso Hackerott and Thomas Sylvestre took the line honor of the first race. Cristobal Molina Lorca, Jens Kuhlenthal Pfeffer and Pedro Andres Vera Carrera from Chile were second and the American Team of Jonathan Lutz, Alexandra Jones and Nicholas Sertl finished third.

Opening Ceremony - Lightning Youth World Championship

With the regatta underway many of the 'boxes' on our goal sheet have been checked. Equally tuned, nearly new fleet of 24 Lightnings-check! Great gear bags, lunch coolers and water bottles distributed-check! International camaraderie and bonding-check! Multi-national volleyball tournament with plenty of spectators-check! World Cup viewing with the Brazilian and Chilean teams watching side by side-check! Regatta organization and volunteer efforts among the finest-check! Great racing on Lake Erie at the home of many Lightning World and North American Champions-- . . . well, we're working on that.

The Buffalo Canoe Club is home to some of the best freshwater sailing, beach volleyball and beach ultimate Frisbee a teenager could hope for. Although Mother Nature has produced some 'It's Never Like This Here' breeze (or lack thereof), one race and an entire volleyball tournament has been completed and the international relationships are forming very quickly.

Lightning Youth World Championship

The forecast is promising and we are sure to get back on schedule.

The Lightning Youth Worlds provides an opportunity for young sailors 19 and under to meet, compete and create long-lasting friendships and connections to this International Class. The boats are provided, housing is provided, and although the level of competition is top-notch, the fun is abundant.

 Preliminary Results After Race Three
1USA 15166 Lutz / Jones / Sertl3216
2BRA 15333 Rondina / Hackerott / Sylvestre11810
3USA 15251 Probst / Webber / Sawyer115319
4CAN 4870 Robinson / Robinson / Robinson76619
5CHI 11011 Lorca / Pfeffer / Carrera231520
6USA 15467 Huyard / Adelhelm / McCarthy613221
7USA 14543 Fraize / Ross / Heubschmann127423
8CAN 15499 Tougas / Sawyer / Strickland174526
9USA 15276 Jones / Jones / Jones512926
10FIN 14534 Aalto / Aalto / Virtanen9111030
11CAN 14567 Berger / Pacarar  / TBD1015732
12FIN 15415 Pesola / Bjork / Aro1381233
13CAN 14895 MacDonald / Bennett / Wiersma4102236
14USA 15208 Probst / Cahn / Braungat1691742
15FIN 15281 Hartman / Aromaa / Saari8161943
16USA 14875 Folds / Tomczak / Ward19171147
17USA 15464 Schon / Kardek / Husak15191347
18USA 14321 Wolaver / Wolaver / Light14142149
19USA 15319 Yannelli / Yannelli / Talbot21181453
20USA 14502 Tomczak / Probst / Tomczak18231657
21USA 14672 Trow / Jordan / Egloff22201860
22USA 15417 Godfrey / Godfrey / Russel20212061
23CAN 15495 MacDonald / Ryan / Dunbar23222469
24FIN 15369 Hemming / Hartman / Hemming24242371