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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.

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.

The prestigious youth regatta is now past the halfway mark with three days of racing remaining in the schedule before the medals are decided.

Tomer Simhony and Ellie Copeland are the best placed the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team holding onto second place in the SL16 multihull class, however the points gap to the Brazilians in the lead has widened and their margin over the chasing pack has diminished.

An eighth and a seventh came from the kiwis on day three and the Danish representatives have caught them after returning two good races tying them up on 26 points each. There is a massive 20 point gap to the leaders who have been dominant.

Belgium and Spain are close behind in fourth and fifth on the SL16 leader-board on 27 and 28 points respectively, ensuring that the second half of the series will require consistently good race results from the kiwis to secure a podium finish.

Jack Simpson and Logan Dunning-Beck in the 29er class are the next best placed of the New Zealanders however after racing on day three they slipped one spot from third overall back to fourth position. Similar to the multihull event the points are tight for those in the hunt for the medals and the kiwis are just one point off the Americans in third place, while the Aussies are chasing hard just two points behind.

While most of the sailors in Zadar enjoyed a rest day overnight both RS:X fleets were on the water trying to make up for racing lost due to light winds over the first three days of the event.

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.

This prestigious youth regatta has attracted a total of 349 sailors from 52 countries to the city of Zadar, in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. The regatta schedule includes six race days and one reserve day (Tuesday 12th July) with a total of twelve races possible in each of the ten classes if conditions are favourable.

Racing resumes tonight and medals will be decided on the final day of competition, Friday 15th July, in Zadar.

See the regatta website for full results, photos and more and you can follow theNZL Yachting Trust Youth Team on Facebook.
http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/NewsletterDetail.aspx?NewsletterID=499

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