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Laser Radial Youth Worlds - Big shifts take their toll in Oman

by Daphne Morgan Barnicoat on 2 Jan 2014
Sailors in start line © Munther Al Zadjali http://omanlaserworlds2013.com/
At the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, it was all change at the top of the leaderboard as a tricky day of racing, plagued by big wind shifts in Mussanah and patchy breeze, took its toll on form, rankings and race management.

Two races had to be abandoned shortly after they were started when the wind dropped to below the minimum required to race and the final race had to be postponed when it became clear there was not enough time for it to run its course.

By the close, Finland’s Monika Mikkola was the fourth leader of the Girls rankings in four days, taking over from Norway’s Celine Therese Herud while Sebastien Schneiter from Switzerland nudged to the top of the Boys even though he finished in the back half of the fleet in the only race possible.


He moved ahead of Gianmarco Planchestainer by virtue of a disappointing result that the Italian is unable to discard while Schneiter’s 43rd – his worse result of the regatta by some margin - will not count.

Both will be aware of the growing threat posed by the Hungarian brothers Benjamin and Jonatan Vadnai whose downwind speeds have impressed from the outset but whose lack of consistency has kept them off the overall podium.

Until now that is. The 18 year-old Benjamin sailed a flawless race for an outright win to raise him one place to third while his younger but equally competitive brother Jonatan posted a fifth to stay fifth.

'The conditions here today were just like they are in Hungary,' said Benjamin who with Jonatan comes from Balatonalmadi where he sails for the Balafontured Yacht Club on Lake Balaton.

'We sail on a small lake where the wind is usually very shifty – it is hard to read the shifts but you have to keep a close eye on the water.

So will the Laser Radial Youth World Championships come down to a battle of the Hungarian Vadnai brothers? 'No,' says Jonatan categorically.


'We are happy if either of us is doing well and I shall be very happy if Benjamin wins. We are good but there are a lot of very good sailors here so we will be happy if one of us comes in the top three.'

Chasing the Vadnais paid dividends for British sailor Nik Froud who recorded his best result of the regatta with a third place. The 18 year-old student used to live in Oman until 2011 and paid for the trip back from the wages he earns as a part-time delivery driver for a supermarket chain.

'If the world championships hadn’t been in Oman I wouldn’t have bothered but I learned to sail in these waters. I saw the first group of sailors come through Oman Sail and now I am seeing it host the World Championships which is impressive. If they carry on their youth programme like they are, it won’t be long before they produce an Olympic sailor.'

There was change in the Girls leaderboard too when Monika Mikkola from Finland, who is one of the most consistent performers of the week though yet to win a race, rose to the top. Her fourth podium place in seven races gave her a four point lead over Agata Barwinska from Poland and Celine Therese Herud of Norway who are tied in second on 27 points.


Monika, recently given Finland’s Youth Sailor of the Year Award, is already hatching a plan for the remaining four races working out what she needs to do to become Finland’s first female Laser Radial Youth World Champion.

'It was a tricky day – the wind was all over the place but I managed a second. It would be nice to win a race. It is really tight at the top but my plan to carry on doing what I’ve been doing because it seems to be working.

'It would mean the world to me to win these Championships. I love winning and it would be like a dream come true. I already had third and fourth in the ISAF Youth Worlds and Youth Europeans so it would make a great start to 2014 if I won.'




Laser Radial Youth Women

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Country

SailNo

Fleet

First Name

Last Name

Sex

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

Nett

1st

FIN

203033

 

Monika

Mikkola

F

5.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

8.0

(9.0)

2.0

32.0

23.0

2nd

POL

202449

 

Agata

Barwinska

F

(14.0)

4.0

1.0

1.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

41.0

27.0

3rd

NOR

203660

 

Celine Therese

Herud

F

1.0

5.0

4.0

(18.0)

4.0

5.0

8.0

45.0

27.0

4th

NOR

204337

 

Line Flem

Host

F

12.0

12.0

3.0

5.0

(16.0)

1.0

1.0

50.0

34.0

5th

GBR

197899

U17

Karyna

Manuel

F

2.0

1.0

10.0

(19.0)

13.0

10.0

9.0

64.0

45.0

6th

CRO

198482

 

Anja

Hamerlitz

F

11.0

2.0

12.0

12.0

10.0

(16.0)

3.0

66.0

50.0

7th

TUR

201987

 

Ecem

Juzel

F

(15.0)

11.0

5.0

11.0

6.0

13.0

5.0

66.0

51.0

8th

NED

203186

 

Judith

Engberts

F

7.0

8.0

6.0

(15.0)

14.0

6.0

12.0

68.0

53.0

9th

NED

204280

 

Maxime

Jonker

F

10.0

10.0

(19.0)

2.0

3.0

19.0

10.0

73.0

54.0

10th

SIN

180824

 

Jillian

Lee

F

6.0

14.0

17.0

(20.0)

1.0

3.0

14.0

75.0

55.0

11th

THA

190935

 

Kamolwan

Chanyim

F

(16.0)

16.0

7.0

9.0

12.0

4.0

13.0

77.0

61.0

12th

NED

203184

 

Dewi

Couvert

F

13.0

15.0

8.0

7.0

(20.0)

14.0

6.0

83.0

63.0

13th

GBR

202470

 

Ellie

Cumpsty

F

(22.0)

6.0

15.0

13.0

18.0

8.0

4.0

86.0

64.0

14th

RUS

190357

 

Ekaterina

Morgun

F

17.0

(20.0)

9.0

6.0

19.0

2.0

16.0

89.0

69.0

15th

JPN

201486

U17

Yuka

Kishi

F

9.0

7.0

(22.0)

17.0

5.0

12.0

21.0

93.0

71.0

16th

GER

204345

U17

Julia

Kuehn

F

3.0

13.0

(18.0)

14.0

15.0

11.0

17.0

91.0

73.0

17th

GBR

206470

 

Rhiannon

Massey

F

(24.0)

24.0

11.0

8.0

2.0

15.0

15.0

99.0

75.0

18th

TUR

201912

 

Deniz

Dagdelen

F

4.0

9.0

(25.0)

22.0

9.0

23.0

19.0

111.0

86.0

19th

GER

191896

 

Pia

Kuhlmann

F

(23.0)

17.0

13.0

4.0

23.0

17.0

18.0

115.0

92.0

20th

JPN

184010

 

Midori

Tada

F

18.0

21.0

20.0

10.0

11.0

18.0

(26.0)

124.0

98.0

21st

ALG

190640

 

Imen Ouneyssa

Cherif Sahraoui

F

8.0

22.0

23.0

23.0

22.0

(26.0)

11.0

135.0

109.0

22nd

HKG

180992

U17

Sofia-Marie

Mascia

F

20.0

18.0

16.0

16.0

21.0

(24.0)

20.0

135.0

111.0

23rd

SUI

199429

 

Andrea

Nordquist

F

(29.0 DNC)

29.0 DNC

14.0

21.0

17.0

25.0

23.0

158.0

129.0

24th

IND

195372

U17

nethra

kumanan

F

19.0

(26.0)

24.0

24.0

25.0

21.0

24.0

163.0

137.0

25th

GER

201886

 

Nadine

Edinger

F

(29.0 UFD)

25.0

21.0

26.0

24.0

20.0

22.0

167.0

138.0

26th

IND

138437

 

Meaghanaa Badrinath

Tatha

F

25.0

19.0

(26.0)

25.0

26.0

22.0

25.0

168.0

142.0

27th

QAT

184894

U17

Eman

Abu Yousef

F

21.0

23.0

(27.0)

27.0

27.0

27.0

27.0

179.0

152.0

28th

QAT

184920

U17

Maryam

Al Sulaiti

F

26.0

27.0

28.0

(29.0 DNF)

28.0

28.0

28.0

194.0

165

 Laser Radial Youth Men

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 51, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Country

SailNo

Fleet

First Name

Last Name

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

Nett

1st

SUI

199430

 

Sebastien

Schneiter

4.0

1.0

7.0

2.0

12.0

3.0

(43.0)

72.0

29.0

2nd

ITA

202261

U17

Gianmarco

Planchestainer

2.0

2.0

2.0

(19.0)

2.0

4.0

19.0

50.0

31.0

3rd

HUN

204922

 

Benjamin

Vadnai

11.0

4.0

8.0

3.0

(15.0)

5.0

1.0

47.0

32.0

4th

BEL

202990

 

William

de Smet

1.0

7.0

5.0

1.0

10.0

15.0

(21.0)

60.0

39.0

5th

HUN

204696

U17

Jonatan

Vadnai

(17.0)

17.0

4.0

4.0

1.0

9.0

5.0

57.0

40.0

6th

SIN

205775

U17

Ryan

Lo

12.0

3.0

(19.0)

6.0

3.0

11.0

16.0

70.0

51.0

7th

NZL

201519

 

Trent

Rippey

20.0

11.0

(21.0)

15.0

7.0

6.0

13.0

93.0

72.0

8th

NED

199886

U17

Benjamin

Wempe

13.0

(29.0)

10.0

11.0

9.0

25.0

14.0

111.0

82.0

9th

SIN

197850

 

Jevyn

Ong

9.0

22.0

11.0

(39.0)

6.0

31.0

4.0

122.0

83.0

10th

RUS

195737

 

Dmitry

Tretyakov

(40.0)

20.0

16.0

14.0

8.0

19.0

7.0

124.0

84.0

11th

ITA

205261

U17

Matteo

Sammarco

18.0

14.0

22.0

10.0

(27.0)

13.0

11.0

115.0

88.0

12th

SUI

204298

U17

David

Biedermann

6.0

21.0

3.0

35.0

(39.0)

17.0

9.0

130.0

91.0

13th

GBR

201173

 

Anthony

Parke

28.0

25.0

17.0

(32.0)

4.0

2.0

25.0

133.0

101.0

14th

ESP

203519

U17

Joan

Cardona

24.0

31.0

1.0

17.0

(38.0)

1.0

29.0

141.0

103.0

15th

JPN

196487

 

Ao

Higuchi

10.0

10.0

12.0