Finally the wind came the party in Turkey on the penultimate day of racing where the twelve sailors in the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team are competing. Plenty of racing was possible, which sees some changes in the standings, as the world’s premier youth regatta heads into the its final day for 2010 when the podium places will be decided.
Three races were sailed in the Open 29er skiff class and Alexandra Maloney and Sam Bullock have retained their position in second place on the board, however they share equal points with the Brits who are in third position.
The kiwis added a second race win to their tally in the day’s opening race, then went on to a 3rd and a 7th in the subsequent races. Three points out in front are Gael Jaffrezic and Julien Bloyet from France. With such a narrow points spread at the top of the board the final day of racing is crucial in determining the medals in this class.
Maloney competed in Buzios, Brazil in 2009 where she finished fourth in the 420 event narrowly missing out on a medal and she will be keen to better that in 2010.
Thomas Saunders takes an impressive leap up the ranks in the Boy’s Laser Radial fighting back to regain second place which he held at the end of day one. At the outset of day four, just completed, the Tauranga local was lying sixth, and he went out to score a 13th and a 2nd on the water which was enough to shake up the standings.
Points are close in this event too however and Saunders has Giovanni Coccoluto hot on his heels in third position only one point behind. Norway’s Herman Tomasgaard has a pretty solid gap out in front seven points clear of Saunders.
New Zealand is also in the top ten of the Girl’s RS:X and the Open multihull event. Georgia Schofield retains ninth position in the board sailing, while Josh Porebski and Naomi Mannering slip to eighth in the multihull class.
Both of New Zealand’s 420 crews improved their overall position after day four of racing at the championship. James Turner and Logan Dunning-Beck climb from 14th to 12th recording their best race result of the series in the opening race of the day – a 3rd place.
Erica Dawson and Vicky Francis also had their best result of the regatta last night with a 2nd place in the most recently sailed race. This pair improves from 17th to 15th on the Girl’s 420 leader board.
The regatta concludes overnight tonight, New Zealand time. Full results, images and more are available in the first instance from the official regatta website.
2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
New Zealand’s provisional standings after day four
2nd - Thomas Saunders (Boy’s Laser Radial) 3, 7, 28, 11, 13, 2
31st – Molly Meech (Girl’s Laser Radial) 39, 24, 29, 10, 24
22nd - Oliver Gunman (Boy’s RS:X) 27, 23, 15, 12, 21, 19, 21
9th – Georgia Schofield (Girl’s RS:X) 10, 7, 13, 7, 9, 11, 19
12th - James Turner and Logan Dunning-Beck (Boy’s 420) 21, 25, 9, 5, 3, 22
15th – Erica Dawson and Vicky Francis (Girl’s 420) 16, 25, 8, 18, 24, 2
2nd – Alexandra Maloney and Sam Bullock (Open 29er) 1, 11, 4, 2, 9, 3, 1, 3, 7
8th – Josh Porebski and Naomi Mannering (Open Multihull) 6, 4, 10, 12 (OCS), 1, 6, 5, 8
In behind the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team are long-time principal sponsor the NZL Yachting Trust. Yachting New Zealand is delighted to welcome Oceanbridge Shipping as a key sponsor and team is wearing SLAM Advanced Technology Sportswear