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Creditable finishes but no medals this time for youth RS:X windsurfing competitors from New Zealand

While the team missed out on the medals this year, four representatives finished top ten, and New Zealand was within the top third of finishers in six of the eight classes sailed in Zadar. New Zealand’s windsurfers – Georgia Schofield and Sven Pedersen – finished ninth and 13th respectively. Both will now return home, along with the majority of the team, and plan to move graduate to the Olympic class board.

Penultimate day in Croatia for Georgia and Sven in youth RS:X windsurfing

One race left for NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team in Croatia. Just one day, and one race remains in each class at the 41st Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2011 as the penultimate days wraps up and the regatta draws to a close in Zadar, Croatia. Girl’s board sailor Georgia Schofield remains in seventh out of 20 on the leader-board going into the final day of competition having placed twelfth and seventh last night. Sven Pedersen lies 13th in the boys fleet of 34.

Young NZ windsurfers off to World Champs

Seven young windsurfers plus coach are heading over to San Francisco this week for the 2011 Techno 293 World Championships. Based at the St Francis Yacht Club, directly in front of the Golden Gate bridge, the event runs from 17 to 24 July. The kiwi sailors, four boys and three girls, are all in their mid-teens, and come from sailing clubs in Whangaparaoa, Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch. Their coach, Kate Ellingham from Devonport, is a former NZ number one in the Olympic RS:X class.

Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - both NZ RS:X sailors continue to improve

Georgia Schofield is in seventh place in the girl’s RS:X after a fifth and an eighth in racing on day five of the competition. Meanwhile Sven Pedersen did a good day's work with a 4th and a 12th in the male RS:X! Still sitting 13th overall with one more day of racing to go. Awesome effort - keep it up!

Day 4: Youth Team head into business end at Youth Worlds

The 2011 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team is set to resume competition tonight at the 41st Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2011 on in Zadar, Croatia. Georgia Schofield is now in seventh place after an 11th and an eighth overnight, while Sven Pedersen, representing New Zealand in the boy’s RS:X is in 14th place overall.

Day 3: NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team in Croatia, light winds mean RS:X sailors may miss day off to catch up.

With just one race possible for the windsurfers in Zadar Georgia Schofield finished seventh and retains her sixth place overall in the girl’s fleet after day three and will now front up to another day on the water with race organisers planning up to three races for both the girl’s and boy’s RS:X while everyone else has the day off. If stronger winds appear as forecast, this could really mix things up for the windsurfers who have sailed just four races to date.

Day 2: NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team consolidates in Croatia and RS:X sailors improve placings

It’s been a pumping battle for the windsurfers in the light winds at this regatta so far and Georgia Schofield has put in another solid day for New Zealand in the girl’s RS:X fleet. Two races were staged overnight in which she placed eighth and seventh putting her in sixth place overall at the end of day two. Sven Pedersen has moved up to 16 in the male RS:X fleet

Day 1 : 2011 Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships, Zadar, Croatia - light winds limit races, Schofield 5th in RS:X

Just one race was possible in the light breeze the day produced, which faded as time passed. Windsurfer, Schofield placed 5th in her race to lie 5th overall. Sven Pedersen placed 25 out of 34 in the male RS:X.

Windsurfer Sven Pedersen is part of a 12-strong national team aiming to maintain New Zealand's fine record at youth sailing world championships in Croatia

For Pedersen, selection was sweet success after just missing out in 2010, when he led on points after the nationals but was pipped at Sail Auckland.
"I was liking my chances last year but then got beaten in heavy winds. It made me absolutely determined to get there in 2011."
Sweeping every race in the youth male RS:X class at this year's two selection events was the ideal response. "It was amazing, such a good feeling to do so well in the trials," Pedersen said last week.

Laurence in Curcao - reports from the IFCA World Championships

Curacao:WindGuru+Forecast+Live Video+Time (16 hours behind NZ)
25 April 2011:On the final day the expected 20knots didn't arrive unfortunately, so there was no more racing! I ended up coming 7th which I'm rather happy with. The masters unfortunately couldn't do there final due to a lack of wind so there was six winners! Epic experience, and thankyou all so much for the support, and helping me get here! Next year in turkey I think more kiwis need to go and iv got great news for the worlds in 2 years... But you'll have to wait till I get back. Once again thankyou so much. Holla
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