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Two Silver Medals at Youth Worlds - windsurfers contribute to a team 3rd overall

New Zealand has won two silver medals at the ISAF Youth World Championships which have just concluded in Kingston, Canada.

The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team was third in the Volvo Trophy for overall team performance behind Australia and Denmark. It is the best result for a New Zealand team at this event in five years.

Silver medals came in the boy’s double-handed 29er class for Paul Snow-Hansen and Blair Tuke and for Josh Junior in the single-handed Laser class. New Zealand finished inside the top ten across the board in all seven classes contested at the event.

One final race was sailed by each fleet on the final day of the regatta which is now drawing to a close in Canada. The closing ceremony will take place shortly.

For Snow-Hansen (Wakatere Boating Club) and Tuke (Kerikeri Cruising Club) in the 29er, the silver medal was assured before the start of today’s race with an unassailable points margin over third place. It’s an impressive result for the pair who has only been together a few months in the skiff class, although both are proven talented sailors with past wins in other junior and youth dinghies.

Josh Junior (Worser Bay Boating Club) was in second place heading into the final race today although he needed a solid race to secure the silver medal with the Finnish and German sailors hot on his heals and within striking distance. Kontides of Cyprus was out of reach in the top spot and didn’t sail in the final race.

Junior placed fourth beating his nearest rivals on the points table and won the silver medal for New Zealand.

Almost all the remaining kiwi sailors finished strongly and lifted themselves up the leader board on the final day. Tim Coltman and Ben Goodwin placed 3rd in the Hobie catamaran class and climbed from 9th place to finish 6th overall.

Cushla Hume-Merry won today’s Laser Radial race and moved from 12th up to 10th while both Josh Nixon in the boy’s board sailing and Sarah and Emma Berry in the girls 29er both climbed one place to finish 7th and 9th overall respectively.

Full results are available on the regatta website through the link below.

2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
New Zealand’s Final Results
Volvo Trophy – 3rd nation

Josh Junior, Laser – 2nd (38 boats)
Cushla Hume-Merry, Laser Radial – 10th (34 boats)
Josh Nixon, Boy’s RS:X – 7th (21 boards)
Justina Sellers, Girl’s RS:X – 9th (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.

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