sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : RYA Volvo Youth National Championships - Challenging conditions abound
RYA Volvo Youth National Championships - Challenging conditions abound

'Ben Batten and Tim Gratton,29er GBR 2028'    Paul Wyeth / RYA

Charlie Cox and Craig Dibb, last year’s 420 RYA Volvo Youth National Champions, turned on the style in some very challenging and chaotic conditions as the duo posted what was undoubtedly the performance of day two out in Cardigan Bay (Tuesday 3 April).

It was a case of man against the elements as the wind gradually built throughout the day, on occasion gusting up to 26-29 knots in what was a challenging day for some of the less experienced sailors. Last year’s champions, however, revelled in the strong gusts and freezing conditions as the pair climbed their way back up the 420 leader board with two emphatic bullets.

'Today was amazing for us, we absolutely love this kind of weather as it just gives us the chance to blast away!' stated Cox.



After a below par set of results for the pair on the opening day, posting two bullets in the only two races out on the 420 course today has put the pair right back in the mix of retaining their title: 'Yes, undeniably today was what we needed, we had great fun out on the water in what were some of the windiest conditions we have sailed in for a while – it definitely separated the men from the boys!

Dibb concluded: 'We are absolutely looking forward tomorrow for what is set to be another mental day. We will just keep grinding away to try and take over the number one spot in time for Friday.'

Craig Dibb and Charlie Cox,420 GBR 54182 -  Paul Wyeth - RYA  

The pair from Hampshire still have their work cut out to retain their crown as yesterday’s overnight leaders, Toby Morsley/ Matt Wallis continued their consistent form posting 2-3 to keep them two points ahead in top spot. Annabel Vose/Kirstie Irwin continue to lead the charge in the female fleet with a 3-6 in today’s tricky conditions whilst Jess Lavery/Georgie Mothersele continue to battle to retain their title with a 8-10 in what is guaranteed to be an enthralling battle for 2012 420 supremacy in the both the male and female fleets.

Continuing their dominance in the Spitfire class is Andy Sinclair and Joshua Potts. The duo who are too old to qualify for the ISAF Youth Worlds team this time around, posted a 5-1, despite having suffering damage to their boat after a heavy capsize in the blustery conditions.

Sinclair, 19, from Royal Southern Sailing Club, commented: 'Today was actually quite funny, it was very windy with the gusts varying throughout the day. The first race was good until we capsized – we were leading most of the way around until we pitch poled downwind and managed to bend our mast and the halyard fitting at the top which was a bummer. We just overlaid the line at the finish, pushing it a little too hard with a big gust and a big wave at the same time which pretty much meant game over! We managed to finish that race in fifth and then carried onto win the second race - pleasing after the capsize.'

'The overall aim for the regatta is to win it, I finished third two years ago and second last year so I’m hoping this is the year that I can actually go on to win. I’m too old for the ISAF’s but my long term aims are definitely the 2016 Olympics in the Cat which is all very exciting at the minute, there is also the Americas Cup and many other options in the multi-hull world.'

'The rest of the Spitfire fleet is very competitive, I don’t think Rupert White is as quick as he was last year with Nikki Boniface, she was a really good crew and they were ridiculously quick. Although, Rupert’s new partner is new to the Spitfire so I guess he is still adapting to the transition from the Laser Radial. Let’s hope they can medal at this year’s Youth Worlds if selected,' explained Sinclair.

In the Laser Radial fleet, New Zealand’s Andrew Mckenzie added another two race wins and a second to his score line to sit a comfortable seven points in front of second place Brit Christopher Eames who also had a positive day with 4-2-3. Leading the charge in the female fleet is Fishguard Bay SC’s Ellie Meopham.

'Overall I’m pretty satisfied with my overall result today as it keeps me at the top end of the leader board. The first two races were comfortable, however with the wind building throughout the day the third race was tough –it was really strong at times and just so cold!'

Meopham continued: 'As they said in the RYA briefing this morning, the main things were the pressure and playing the shifts up the beat so I took that on board and it paid off. My main aim is just to sail a really consistent Series as this is what can sometimes let me down – of course the ISAF Worlds are on mind but it’s far too early on in the regatta to think about it.'

'In terms of tomorrow its meant to be howling a gale yet again so my main aim will be to just come back alive,' laughed the Welsh Laser Radial sailor.

Meanwhile in the highly competitive 29er fleet, Ben Batton/Tim Gratton continue to reign with another impressive display claiming two bullets and a second, putting them well in contention for the Championship crown and the all-important RYA Volvo Team GBR spot. Trent Rippey/Alex Munro from New Zealand sit second whilst Jack Hawkins/Christopher Thomas currently lie third. Ruth Allan/Tessa Allan are the top ranked female pair in 14th overall with Vikki Payne/ Stephanie Orton hot on their heels in 15th overall.

Kieran Martin and Joe Bennett lived up to their billing as favourites for the RS:X title, sitting level on eight points after the two RS:X races today while 5-6 for Noelle Finch makes her first female, in fourth place overall.

Joe Bennett,RSX GBR 49 -  Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Rupert White and Tom Britz,Spitfire GBR 232 -  Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Saskia Sills,RSX GBR 956 -  Paul Wyeth - RYA  

In the Laser Standard class, Hector Simpson continued his solid start from yesterday posting 4-3-2 to remain on top of the leader board while Richard Cumpsty remains second and George Spedding in third.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, commented: 'Today was a really tough day, not actually that windy initially but it pretty quickly built and by early afternoon when the cloud cleared it flicked right and pretty rapidly the sea state was challenging and we were seeing mid-late 20 knots and a lot of retirements, the wind coupled with the pretty extreme temperatures arising from the Northerly breezes made it a real test for the sailors across all the fleets and I think most were glad when their programme finished or we called time on proceedings!

'Crucially, in a number of fleets we are pretty much on schedule and in the 29er’s and the Radials we got enough racing in to get the discard, and therefore go to Gold-Silver tomorrow which will enable the battle to really commence amongst the top slots.

Truswell concluded: 'Tomorrow is set to be even colder and windier with the possibility of some snow but we will do our best to stay on track with the programme and deliver a really good trial for the sailors.'

Day three of racing is set to commence at 10.25am for the RS:X’s, 10.55am for the blue and orange courses and 11.55am for 420’s and Spitfire’s tomorrow (Wednesday 3 April) with three races scheduled for all classes apart from 29er with four.

RYA website


by Matt Carter

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95631

10:49 PM Tue 3 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


































AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT