Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

2012 Youth Worlds- Tricky start on Dublin Bay

by ISAF on 15 Jul 2012
Imry Katz (ISR) Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds ISAF Youth Worlds http://www.isafyouthworlds.com

The Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships got off to a tricky start for the 350 crews of 14-19 year olds from 61 nations.

Dublin Bay threw up a surprising mix of light to moderate winds, 4-15 knots, with shifts and gusts as clouds passed over, allowing the occasional glimpse of sunshine through.

The stand-out opening day performance came from Britain's Saskia Sills, who scored two first place finishes in the Women's RS:X sailboard. The result came as something of a shock for the Cornish sailor who only moved into the RS:X in September, but who has since been Under 17 World Champion, finishing third at the European Championship last week. 'I was hoping for top 10 finishes, but I stuck to my process goals and they worked,' she said of this regatta. 'We have a long way left and I don't want to get too comfortable. I just want to take it as it comes and deal with it day by day.'

Sills was pleased with her starts and in both she led off the line, pumped 'really hard' to maintain her position and then remained alert to the wind, which she describes as 'quite strange', ranging from 4 to as much as 15 knots in gusts.


With almost as good an opening day performance was Norway's Line Flem Höst who scored a 2-1 in the Laser Radial Women. Höst has only sailed the Radial since last autumn, but graduated up from the 4.7 so is very familiar with the basic boat.

'I've sailed against a lot of these sailors before and they've all beat me and I've beat them as well, but I didn't really expect it to go this well,' admitted Höst. 'It's an amazing start and I'm really really happy. It was really really shifty and the wind increases and decreases a lot, so it was hard to keep all the boats behind me. It is hard conditions for sailing and of course for the race committee to do a good organisation.'

While Höst is six points ahead of Israel's Oren Jacob in the Laser Radial Men, Tobias Hemdorff from Denmark leads with a 3-7 today, four points ahead of Russia's Maxim Nikolaev.



One of the most intriguing results is in the SL16 catamaran where after two races Belgium's Henri Demesmaeker and Philip Hendrickx are tied on four points with Australia's mixed crew of Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland. Demesmaeker, aged 14, is the youngest sailor at the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships and leads despite having only teamed up with Hendrickx to sail this event and having sailed the SL16 for the first time only very recently.

While the Aussies the first race won by a substantial margin, so the Belgium crew also achieved this in the second. 'We were first at the top mark and especially under spinnaker - we are by far the lightest team, so under spinnaker we always gain...' said Demesmaeker of their secret weapon.


With Lucy Copeland sailing her first Youth Worlds and Darmanin his third (now a helm, he won gold as a crew at the Youth Worlds in 2010), the mixed Australian crew may be contemplating the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 when they may have a chance to represent their country in the new Nacra 17 mixed multihull. 'It's on the horizons I guess. The Youth Worlds are our focus at the moment,' says Darmanin.

After winning today's first race when they led up the opening beat, Darmanin said in the second 'we didn't want to get too excited about it, so we just went through our processes at the start and got away well and came third.'

Successfully defending his title earned last year in Croatia, at this early stage of this Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships is Korea's Wonwood Cho, whose 1-4 today leaves him four points in front of Argentina's Bautista Saubidet. 'It is a good result, but I am feeling bad,' said Cho. 'My body is a little bit tired because pumping is very hard. So I am in a bit of pain.'

Of the host town of Dun Laoghaire, Cho says, 'It looks good. It is a little bit cold, which is a problem, but it is beautiful and it has a wonderful view.'


In the 420 Men, France's Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan lead Spanish twins, David and Alex Charles, by a mere point. The Spanish crew's scorecard is 6-1 after day one, in the latter rounding the weather mark third before picking off the two boats ahead of them. 'We expected to do well, but we didn't think we would be doing so well after the first day,' said helmsman David. The twins, who herald from Barcelona, finished second at Kiel Week this year. Their thoughts about the waters off Dun Laoghaire today were an understated 'it was quite cloudy.'

The competition remains tightest at the top of the 420 Women's class where five boats are tied on 11 points - between Israel, Italy, Singapore, China and France. Israeli crew Rimon Shoshan was shivering when she came off the water. 'It was very cold at first. The sea was very choppy and we cannot get used to these sailing conditions, but otherwise it was fine.' She says she is impressed by the organisation of the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, but is struggling with her boat - all the equipment at this event is supplied by the manufacturers while the sailors are typically more used to sailing their own boats.

Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow at the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship when more wind is forecast with 15-16 knots out of west.

www.isafyouthworlds.com

Mackay BoatsBarz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearHelm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Full day of competition at the Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Every class made it out onto Port Phillip Bay on the penultimate day in conditions very different to the last two days. Finally every class made it out onto Port Phillip Bay on the penultimate day in conditions very different to the previous two days. Flat seas and sou’west winds struggling at five knots in fact made the going hard for the Invited and Olympic opening session that began at midday.
Posted today at 12:35 pm
U.S. Virgin Islands' Int'l Optimist Regatta - Action coming soon
This trio of events will be hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club from June 12 to 18, 2017. The opportunity to learn, race and play with some of the best in the sport are qualities that make the International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by EMS Virgin Islands, a ‘must-do’ event for Optimist sailors and their families each year. This trio of events, which attracts 8- to 15-year-old junior sailors, will be hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club from June 12 to 18, 2017.
Posted on 9 Dec
Strong winds continue on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall. Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall, three points ahead of Cypriot Pavlos Kontides. Rio Silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic finished second in both today’s races and is currently lying third overall, while Australia’s Tom Burton is in fourth overall. Burton scored a 12 and a five in today’s two races.
Posted on 9 Dec
SWC Final – Badloe and Squires pick up where their countrymen left off
Badloe holds the lead after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. Badloe holds the lead in the men's windsurfer after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. The pair, and the sailors across the ten Olympic and Open Kiteboarding fleets battled against a south westerly wind in excess of 20 knots coupled with a big sea state.
Posted on 9 Dec
Sailing World Cup Melbourne – Aussies revel in seabreeze conditions
Another day of good sailing conditions in Melbourne made for a memorable day for Australia’s sailors competing in finals In the 470 Men’s event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had another strong day winning both of their two races. They currently lead overall, five points ahead of China’s team of Lan/Wang.
Posted on 7 Dec
2017 Sunfish Int’l Masters and Midwinters NORs are now published
The Sunfish Int'l Masters is scheduled for March 26, 27 and 28. Midwinters is scheduled for March 30, 31 and April 1. The Sunfish International Masters is scheduled for March 26, 27 and 28. March 29th is an off day and the Midwinters is scheduled for March 30, 31 and April 1.
Posted on 7 Dec
Speed Thrills. Pain Kills. Minimise potential damage with Kollition™
We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. One brand, Zhik®, was the first to develop a range of lightweight, low profile, flexible and waterproof padding in a purpose built wetsuit to help protect the sailors from damage when they or boat stops abruptly.
Posted on 7 Dec
Good start to Sailing World Cup Melbourne for Aussies
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won the first race in convincing style and finished the second race of the day in second place The Aussie duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won their first race in convincing style, and finished the second race of the day in second place. They are currently in first place overall, two points ahead of the Japanese pairing of Takayama and Imamura.
Posted on 6 Dec
Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted on 5 Dec
Australian 18Ft League’s Yandoo Trophy action-shots by Beth Morley
Beth Morley provided this gallery of images from Australian 18 Footer League’s Yandoo Trophy. Beth Morley provided this gallery of images from Australian 18 Footer League’s Yandoo Trophy, where Triple M were crowned the winner of the Australian 18 Footer League’s Yandoo Trophy.
Posted on 5 Dec