RS:X Youth World Championships - day 2

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

What the locals were all predicting on Monday turned up and this morning the competitors for the RS:X Youth Worlds in Cagliari, Sardinia were treated to grey skies, a challenging beach surf and 15-20 knots.

As the Race Committee battled their way out to the race area in 3m swells competitors were looking at the rolling waves crashing onto the beach, wondering how on earth they were going to make it out to the race area. Whilst the first couple of sailors struggled, the majority left the beach without incident although there were some casualties with a few broken masts and a few bruised egos.

In the boys fleet, Pawel Tarnowski (POL 182) brutally highlighted that consistency would be the key to being the Youth World Champion by adding to his perfect scoreline of 1st places with another three firsts.

The chasing pack of Frenchmen Louis Giard (FRA 155) and Fabian Pic (FRA 7) were not daunted and added a safe scoreline of 1,2,3 and 3,1,1 respectively to keep the gap at the top of the podium close. With the discount coming into play after today's third race, this leaves Tarnowski on a perfect five from five with Giard on 8 points and Pic on 9 points. Plenty to play for.

In the U17, Joe Bennett (GBR 49) has maintained his place at the top despite suffering a broken mast in the morning's surf. Jo managed to re-rig a new mast and get out to the race course to post a 8,11,14 which will leave him in 12th place overall. Omer Sofer (ISR 8) is in second in the U17 fleet, 17th overall, with Dante Chiapello back in third (26th overall).

Tomorrow sees the splitting of the fleets into Gold and Silver which will ensure that the top boys race against each other. With all of the 1st places from the two fleets posted by the top four sailors, it will be interesting who muscles the fleet and who really wants this championship.

Over in the girls fleet it is another Pole who has five points after the discard – the perfect scoreline – in Agnieszka Bilska (POL 09), scoring a 3,1,1 to hold a commanding lead over compatriot Kamila Smektala (POL 104). Smetkala won this battle at the RS:X Youth Europeans in Bulgaria a month ago and these two will go to the wire for sure for the title.

Laura Kishon (ISR 34) who filled out the podium at the Europeans is not having the same start to the regatta and scored an average 7,9,7 for the day to leave her in 7th place and 22 points off the leader. A lot of work to do if she wants to get onto the podium at this event.

Further down the field it is another young Isreali, Shani Rottenberg (ISR 100) who had a fantastic day to post 1,2,2 and sit in fifth overall – and lead the U17 field. Noelle Finch (GBR 703) is sitting in second place in the U17 and 9th overall and will need to work hard to make up the points lost today.

It's easy to focus on the sailing conditions but credit should be given today to the Race Committees who managed to run three races in some very difficult conditions. With all of the equipment breakages from todays washing machine surf conditions competitors will be hoping for a quieter day tomorrow and will be able to concentrate on the racing and not just surviving.