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Patrick Haybittle - final report on Civitaceccha Italy and the RS:X Youth Worlds

Final update:

The RS:X Youth Worlds in Civitavecchia Italy have ended. Pat has had the most amazing experience. From the on the water competitiveness to the off water camaraderie and to the massive celebrations at the prize giving. The regatta was won by an Italian boy and girl and apparently they know how to celebrate, even the town bells were ringing. It has been the best regatta experience he could hope for.

Pat hit the water on the penultimate day gutted to have missed the Gold Fleet cut off by one place but knowing the Silver Fleet was still full of really strong sailors. He knew he had to go through his processes as always and just keep sailing at his absolute best. Be bottom of the Gold Fleet and you can only go up, top of the Silver Fleet is tough. The day bought light winds of 10-12 knts. Perfect for the lighter sailors to come through. Pat fought hard in the 3 races and finished the day in 4th slipping 3 places but 2nd - 5th were only a point apart. Brian says there was absolutely nothing left in the tank when Pat came ashore, he had worked his butt off!

The last day and the wind was lighter 5 - 6 knts. Everyone was going to have to pump! Pat had to wait till the medal race for the top 10 Boys then Girls was raced then Gold Fleet Boys and Girls were raced, finally one race for Silver fleet. Brian says when the Orange flag went up on the start boat Pat laid his sail across the back of his board, stood up and did a Haka! Pat says a lot of sailors were watching but he did it to psych himself up and to intimidate any of the opposition he could. Must have worked, Pat pumped nonstop the entire race showing awesome determination and extreme fitness. He finished the race 5th, enough to give him 2nd place overall in the Silver Fleet. Well done Mate!!

Pat can be really proud of his achievement. Brian says he sailed consistently well. He had good starts, made good decisions, good upwinds and made gains on the downwind. He worked really hard and all the fitness work he has done paid off. Brian say's Pat was regularly commended for how well he was doing for being there without a team and coach and being so young. Very positive feedback. And Big D did his usual and made friends with everyone, cos it's the Kiwi way, and probably invited them all home to our place for pizza. :-)

Pat and Brian are taking a few days off before they make their way home. They have seen the Pope and the best sights in Rome and are heading towards Milan to fly home. Standby out of of Rome wasn't looking hopeful but Milan is fine, or was that an excuse for more adventure?? I think the boys have earned it.

Thank you again to all Pat's supporters. He will say thanks in his own words when has some time to relax and collect his thoughts.

Kelly Haybittle

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