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Solid start for kiwi team at Youth Worlds - includes RS:X windsurfing

Racing is underway at the ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ten sailors are representing New Zealand in all of the seven youth classes being contested at this event which runs over eight days.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Blair Tuke are the best placed of the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team sailors sitting in second place after five races in the double-handed 29er class. They kicked off the regatta with a win, following that up with a 2nd place, and now have a point’s total of 23 at the end of day two.

Leading the boy’s 29er class is the pair from Denmark on 11 points. There are 23 boats in the fleet, each representing a different country.

Josh Junior from Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington is laying 4th overall in the 38 strong Laser fleet after having sailed four races. Junior arrived in Canada for this event having just sailed in the Laser open World Championships in Cascais, Portugal where he had a couple of impressive results on his scorecard.

Tim Coltman and Ben Goodwin are representing New Zealand in the double-handed catamaran class - the Hobie. With five races under their belt the pair is in 5th place in a fleet of 15 boats.

Both kiwi board sailors are sitting mid fleet at this early stage in the regatta, having sailed four races so far. Justina Sellers, who also sailed for New Zealand at this event in 2006, is in 7th place in the Girl’s RS:X being contested by 15 board sailors.

Meanwhile Josh Nixon, who is showing promising speed is in 9th place in the 21 strong boy’s RS:X fleet.

Cushla Hume-Merry, also at her second Youth Worlds event is in 18th place in the Laser Radial, while sisters Sarah and Emma Berry are in 10th in the girl’s 29er.

Today sailors encountered a breeze which built through the day up over 25 knots which saw the cancellation of the third race of the day for the Hobie and 29er fleets. Similar conditions are expected when racing resumes tomorrow.

2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
New Zealand’s Current Standings

Josh Junior, Laser – 4th (38 boats)
Cushla Hume-Merry, Laser Radial – 18th (34 boats)
Josh Nixon, Boy’s RS:X – 9th (21 boards)
Justina Sellers, Girl’s RS:X – 7th (15 boards)
Paul Snow-Hansen & Blair Tuke, Boy’s 29er – 2nd (23 boats)
Sarah Berry & Emma Berry, Girl’s 29er – 10th (18 boats)
Tim Coltman & Ben Goodwin, Hobie – 5th (15 boats)

Full results on the regatta website through the link below.

About the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship

This is 37th Youth Worlds to take place since it’s inception in 1971, which makes it ISAF’s longest running event. In 2007 226 competitors are taking part in 170 boats, sailing in seven classes. 52 nations are entered and the highest performing country will be awarded the Volvo Trophy.

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team Sponsors

Principal sponsor of the team is the NZL Yachting Trust. Supporting sponsors include NZAS, ASB Bank and Line 7.

[ Regatta Website ]

ENDS

For more information contact

Jodie Bakewell-White
Communications & Events Manager
Tel: (09) 361 4023
Mobile: 0292 008 492

or

Yachting New Zealand on (09) 361 1471

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