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Windsurfers maintain positions in 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships on day 3

Despite being hampered once again by light winds, all eight fleets completed at least one race on day three of racing at the Championship. Two more days remain before the medals and the Volvo Trophy for team performance are decided. Oliver Gunman gained one position with a 21 to lie 17th while consistent Georgia Schofield slips to 9th with a 9th place

‘For the second day the fleet of nearly 350 boats were rigged and sitting in the humid Istanbul summer heat whilst everyone waited for a sea breeze to blow,’ reports ISAF.

‘Eventually by around 15:00 hrs local time, a faint breeze started to form and classes on all three courses were called out. Most classes managed at least one race in wind ranging from 5 – 9 knots before the land started to cool and the sea breeze shut down again.’

Maloney and Bullock were lying fourth in the standings as racing resumed following a lay day. Just one race was completed for the 18 boat 29er fleet and the kiwi pair placed 3rd. With six races now sailed each team can discard their worst race score from their points total and this sees the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team sailors leap up into second position.

A seven point gap separates them from the French team out in front, and points are tight behind them with the British pair tapping at their heels just one point adrift.

“We had a pretty average start but rounded the first mark in fourth,” said Alex and Sam speaking to event media after the race. “We found some good lanes. Some boats went right to the corners but we stayed in breeze, but it was difficult. Keeping the kite filled downwind was hard on the last leg.”

Three more New Zealand crews are sitting in the top ten of their respective fleets at this stage in the series including Thomas Saunders lying sixth in the Boy’s Laser Radial, Josh Porebski and Naomi Mannering also sixth in the Open Multihull, and Georgia Schofield lying ninth in the Girl’s RS:X. Porebski and Mannering scored their first race win of the regatta in the second of two races sailed overnight.

Both Oliver Gunman in the Boy’s RS:X and James Turner and Logan Dunning-Beck in the Boy’s 420 managed to improve their overall standing after racing overnight. Gunman climbs one position from 17th to 16th while the 420 duo have improved six places from 20th up to 14th.

Racing continues tomorrow with the medals set to be decided on Friday 16th July in Istanbul. 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 three

6th - Thomas Saunders (Boy’s Laser Radial) 3, 7, 28, 11
36th – Molly Meech (Girl’s Laser Radial) 39, 24, 29
17th - Oliver Gunman (Boy’s RS:X) 27, 23, 15, 12, 21
9th – Georgia Schofield (Girl’s RS:X) 10, 7, 13, 7, 9
14th - James Turner and Logan Dunning-Beck (Boy’s 420) 21, 25, 9, 5
17th – Erica Dawson and Vicky Francis (Girl’s 420) 16, 25, 8, 18
2nd – Alexandra Maloney and Sam Bullock (Open 29er) 1, 11, 4, 2, 9, 3
6th – Josh Porebski and Naomi Mannering (Open Multihull) 6, 4, 10, 12 (OCS), 1

About the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships

The ISAF Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey is the 40th championship. 344 sailors from 63 nations around the globe are entered.

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