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Two kiwis in 2nd halfway through Youth Worlds. RS:X windsurfer sailors mid-fleet.

New Zealand holds 2nd place in two of the seven classes being contested at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Kingston, Canada. Now at the halfway point in the event, the kiwis in the Laser and Boy’s 29er classes are well placed for a medal if they maintain current form.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Blair Tuke had a great day on the water recording two 3rd’s and a 2nd in the three races sailed today. They beat current leaders Sagaard and Kristensen of Denmark in all three races today and edged closer to the top spot, now just two points behind.

Josh Junior climbed from 4th place into 2nd after the two races sailed in the Lasers today. His father, Dean Stanley is in Canada.

“Race one on the Laser track was sailed in about 5-8 knots of breeze. Josh recovered from 9th at the top mark to be 3rd at the bottom gate. From there he slowly ground his way into second place and had a match race along the last reach, eventually finishing 2nd, 1 metre behind the German,” says Stanley.

“Race two saw the breeze rise to a steady 15 knots. After a good start and a drag race to the left Josh missed a right hander which saw him placed 8th at the top mark. By the bottom gate he had surged through a tight group to round in second place a boat length astern of the Cypriot but clipped the buoy in the process. A good recovery from the penalty saw him placed 4th at the finish.”

Elsewhere in the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team there were two bullets, one for Cushla Hume-Merry in the Laser Radial, and one for Sarah and Emma Berry in the girl’s 29er.

The sailors will now enjoy a rest day before resuming racing for three final days to decide the medals. Full results are available on the regatta website through the link below.

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

Josh Junior, Laser – 2nd (38 boats)
Cushla Hume-Merry, Laser Radial – 14th (34 boats)
Josh Nixon, Boy’s RS:X – 9th (21 boards)
Justina Sellers, Girl’s RS:X – 8th (15 boards)
Paul Snow-Hansen & Blair Tuke, Boy’s 29er – 2nd (23 boats)
Sarah Berry & Emma Berry, Girl’s 29er – 9th (18 boats)
Tim Coltman & Ben Goodwin, Hobie – 6th (15 boats)

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

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