The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team was back in action today in Tavira, Portugal for Day 3 of the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.
It was a good day for New Zealand’s 29er skiff pair of Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie who have regained third place on the leader-board after some excellent performances today. With a 4, 3, 5 in the three races sailed the kiwi pair are back in third and just one point behind the USA crew in second.
Kiwi multihull crew Micah Wilkinson and Jack Rogers are now in sixth in the SL16 standings. They also sailed three races scoring 11, 5, 6 on the water today.
Team Manager Ian Neely says; 'Tough conditions and tough racing here on the Mediterranean.'
'We have two more days of racing and everyone will be focussing on the basics and just keep chipping away.'
Boy’s Laser Radial sailor Trent Rippey had his best day yet with an 11 and a 16, and climbs up the ranks into 18th overall. In the girl’s single-handed fleet Ali Nightingale has dipped to 34th.
Over in the boy’s and girl’s 420 events two races were sailed. Sam Barnett and Zak Merton are lying 20th after a 20, 24 today, while Olivia Mackay and Abby Goodwin scored 25, 18 in today’s two races and lie 19th overall.
No racing was possible for the windsurfers today, sailing out but then returning to shore due to light winds. Both Patrick Haybittle and Xanthe Bowater retain their places, both in 16th, going into day four of the regatta.
Each nation is allowed only one entry per class and the kiwis are up against the best youth sailors from around the world.
Racing resumes tomorrow for what will be the penultimate day of the regatta. Event website Full results 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, Tavira, Portugal New Zealand’s current standings:
3rd 29er Skiff Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie (1, 5, 4, 13, 3, 13, 4, 3, 5)
6th Multihull SL16 Micah Wilkinson and Jack Rogers (2, 4, 3, 13, 8, 14, 11, 5, 6)
18th Laser Radial Male Trent Rippey (23, 17, 23, 18, 11, 16)
34th Laser Radial Female Ali Nightingale (16, 15, 44, 30, 42, 39)
16th RS:X Male Patrick Haybittle (16, 11, 14, 18, 24, 16)
16th RS:X Female Xanthe Bowater (15, 16, 25, 15, 15, 16)
20th Boy’s 420 Sam Barnett and Zak Merton (17, 6, 14, 33 (UFD), 20, 24)
19th Girl’s 420 Olivia Mackay and Abby Goodwin (5, 14, 25, 20, 25, 18)
Mon 14th: Race day one
Tues 15th: Race day two
Weds 16th: Race day three
Thurs 17th: Race day four
Fri 18th: Race day five, prize-giving and closing ceremony