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Youth Match Racing Worlds 2021 at Balboa Yacht Club - Day 3

by Susan Kenney 12 Aug 21:18 PDT 9-14 August 2021

Rarely is it a good idea, when writing about a sailing event, to discuss the weather in the first paragraph. The "lede" should be about the sailors: who is leading what event, and why.

Today, however, at the Youth Match Racing World Championship, hosted by Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA, the weather is indeed the story. After two days where sixteen "flights" of matches were completed, today's total was zero.

The Race Committee left the dock on schedule and planned a first attention signal at 1100 Hours Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7). Instead, they displayed the "AP" flag signaling postponement. Five hours later, with little to no breeze all day, the signal was given to return to the BYC dock in Newport Harbor.

The leaderboard remains as it was yesterday. Jeffrey Petersen (USA, Balboa YC) leads the round robin stage with thirteen points, two points ahead of Denmark's Emil Kjaer (DEN, Royal Danish YC) with eleven.

In third is Riccardo Sepe (ITA, FIV), and fourth is David Wood (USA, Balboa Yacht Club) with nine and eight points, respectively.

Depending on Friday's forecast, regatta officials will determine, and likely adjust, the schedule of remaining races in the round robin stage so that the Semi-finals can begin Friday afternoon. The Finals will take place Saturday.

The Governor's Cup TV team will go live on Friday with three shows: the usual pre-race Morning Show at 0900 PDT, then live racing coverage beginning at 1130, and a post-race press conference with the semi-finalists at 1830 hours.

Coverage continues Saturday with the same schedule, except that the post-race presser with the finalists is set for 1630 with the Medal Ceremony immediately following. Watch all live shows, and replays, on the BYC Facebook page: www.fb.com/balboayachtclub.

The Youth Match Racing World Championship is presented by the Croul Family, long time Balboa YC members and youth match racing supporters and is organized by some 200 BYC volunteers led by Regatta Chair Christine Gribben (USA, Balboa YC) and World Sailing Technical Delegate Anne Malledant (FRA).

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