Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

ISAF Youth Worlds - Full steam ahead for Kieran Martin

by Ben Baker on 16 Jul 2013
Kieran Martin RSX © Marc Turner /RYA http://marcturner.photoshelter.com/
When it comes to the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, Kieran Martin insists it is full steam ahead after the British windsurfer opened his event assault in impressive fashion. The 18-year-old is just one of 12 young British sailors selected to strut their stuff on the waters of Limassol in Cyprus.

And he ensured he stood out from the crowd after he ended day one in first place in the men’s RS:X with a trio of top-three finishes.

Martin kicked things off with a victory in Monday’s first race before following this up with finishes of second and third before the day was over.

This means that Martin already holds a four-point lead over his nearest rival, Ukraine’s Tugaryev Oleksandr, but the teenager is not about to take his foot off the pedal any time soon.

'The first day was a really good day on the water, it's a really long way out to the course so we got out nice and early,' said Martin.

'The first race was really light, which is my strength, so I managed to get a first – but I had some difficulty in that my kit decided to break just before the race so that was a bit tricky.

'As we were out on the water the wind picked up and we had two plaining races and I managed to get a second and a third so that was really good too.

'Looking ahead I think it’s going to be similar conditions every day; light in the morning and picking up as the day goes on.

'The fleets really good, there’s some good light wind sailors and also some really good strong wind sailors so there’s a lot of good competition.

'But, I think I've had some really good experience recently competing at some of the senior events and I'm just really looking forward to the week and hopefully I can carry this good start on.'

Elsewhere, James Hansen and Olivier Greber sit fourth overall in the SL16 class after finishes of seventh, fourth and fifth on day one.

Bryony Bennett-Lloyd and Annabel Cattermole are 12th in the 420 Girls while in the boys event Luke Burywood and Tim Riley sit 25th.

And it is a similar story for 29er pairing of Maria El-Khazindar and Ben Batten as the duo are 23rd after the first day’s action.

Tom Williams is 36th in the Laser Radial Boys class with Ellie Meopham tenth in the girls class.


But it is the windsurfers who are leading the way in Cyprus with defending girls champion Saskia Sills second after day one with finishes of third in the first race followed up by two fourth-place finishes.

'I’m happy with the racing considering I haven’t been feeling that well over the past few days,' Sills said.

'We had three good races, the first was fairly light, the second was the windiest and third was fairly on and on with the wind.

'It’s a good fleet and there are a few of us who are changing places and positions, but probably only two or three who are really consistent.

'I’m looking forward to heading back out there, I think it will be a case of it’s not finished until it’s finished here in Cyprus.'

Volvo Car UK is the title sponsor of RYA Volvo Team GBR, Britain’s sailing stars of the future and Official Car Partner to the British Sailing Team.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik Dinghy 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

My Road to Rio – Part 5 – Maria Erdi
Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the final opportunity, the European qualification event Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the final opportunity, the European qualification event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Following nervously back in Balatonfured, Hungary was father Gabor, mother Gabriella and siblings Julia, Anna, Gabriella and Janos.
Posted on 29 Jun
Optimist Worlds - Images and results from Day 2
Racing is into its second day at the Optimist Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal Racing is into its second day at the Optimist Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal. There are 251 sailors competing from 56 nations.
Posted on 27 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Rio 2016 - Swiss 49er Grab Final Rio Berth - 49erFX Still Uncertain
It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for Rio 2016 It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for the 2016 Olympic games and will be competing in Rio. Sebastien was delighted posting, “Who would have thought so two years ago when I quit my little Laser Radial to jump in this crazy boat that is the 49er!”
Posted on 27 Jun
Catching up with Simon Morgan, the founder of Wildwind Holidays
It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. As many of you will know the Jardine / Morgan relationship goes back generations with Simon's father Tony racing with Keith Musto against my father and uncle, Stuart and Adrian back in the early 60's, mainly in the Flying Dutchman fleet.
Posted on 26 Jun
18ft Skiffs - Images from Practice Day of the Fiji Fizz, Denerau
Scotty Sinton, Auckland Skiff League was on the water off Denerau, Fiji today and filed these images Scotty Sinton of the Auckland Skiff League was on the water off Denerau, Fiji today and filed these images from the Practice Races of the Fiji Fizz Regatta
Posted on 26 Jun
Two young members of the Team Tilt squad selected for the Rio Olympics
Sebastien and Lucien have been racing the 49er together for two years. They have quickly progressed up the ranks Some very encouraging results over the last few months combined with a place becoming available and the Swiss Olympic ‘Newcomer Rule’ mean that Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean will be heading to Rio this summer to represent their country at the Olympic Games.
Posted on 24 Jun
Los Angeles 1984 – All hail the Graels
With the city of Angels their backdrop, The Grael siblings, demonstrated the craft they had honed on waters of Guanabara The greatest stage in international sport, the Olympic Games, is a pressure cooker. While many wilt under the weight of expectation on their Olympic debut, two brothers from Brazil would shine.
Posted on 23 Jun
RS Aero Magic Marine Southern Championship at Lymington Town SC
The RS Aeros formed part of the RS Classes Southerns event which maxed out at its 160 boat capacity a month in advance. Another young local sailor and Scorpion fleet legend Alex Hayman was second overall counting only podium results. In third place was Isle of Wight based Jane Peckham showing blistering upwind speed in Sunday’s breeze.
Posted on 23 Jun
32 females and 54 males crews sailing to gain 470 Junior Worlds’ title
The event officially started yesterday evening with a opening ceremony in Kiel-Schilksee with wonderful weather. Already with the parade of the nations, which was accompanied by the thrilling beats of the samba school Kiel when walking from the sponsors’ area to the Audi stage, it was obvious, that the big part of the junior sailors have had a long travel
Posted on 22 Jun