Wednesday saw more strong winds and well over 20 knots
at times, but the gusts were a little less fierce than on
The windsurfers, sailing in the RS:X class, continue to be dominated by British sailors, with Saskia Sills, fresh from winning the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Ireland leading the girls fleet and Joe Bennett with three bullets in Wednesday’s racing, the boys fleet. Noelle Finch (GBR) is lying second and Melanie Jariel (FRA) third in the girls fleet, with Mattia Camboni (ITA) second and Martin Olmeta (FRA) third in the boys fleet.
Competition for the Nations’ Cup: Team Trophy is also intensifying. After seven races have been completed in the Laser Radial and 420 classes, and nine in the RS:X and 29er, the scores are very close. The leading nation is currently Italy with 38 points, followed by Denmark and Great Britain equal on 37 points. France are fourth with 33 points and Germany and Norway equal on 27.
According to Ellie Cumpsty (GBR) sailor in the Laser Radial fleet, the conditions on Wednesday were “a bit scary at times, particularly sailing down wind. It was breezy and choppy, with rain to begin with and shifty winds, but the sun came out later on and the racing was very enjoyable. This is my first experience of a multi-class international championship” Ellie continued “ and I am thoroughly enjoying the racing and the social aspects of the event. I have made several new friends, who I hope to meet and compete against again in years to come”. Ellie still qualifies for youth sailing competitions for another three years, so what a fantastic experience for her and others of her age group, being able to experience this level of competition so early in their sailing careers.
The forecast today is for lighter winds and somewhat sunnier conditions, giving those who favour less wind an opportunity to show their paces. “With heavier winds in the first half of the week and lighter conditions in the second half, we should have a well-balanced championship” said Thomas Capitani Nielsen Director of Sailing Aarhus. “ We are pleased with the way things have gone” he continued “and with the excellent behaviour of the sailors, both on and off the water”.
Today, the last day of fleet racing, will see the Sailboards and 29er sailing three races, while the 420 and Laser Radials sail two. Racing concludes tomorrow Friday, with medal races being sailed for the first time in international youth completion. The medals races will follow a different format to those of other international competition, one pioneered by EUROSAF during their High Performance Grand Prix regatta sailed in Murcia last year. More news on this tomorrow
For more information go to http://www.sailing-aarhus.dk/eurosafyouthsailing/ and for a range of photographs http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailingaarhus/7733762636/
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RS:X Youth Men
First – Joe Bennett, Great Britain
Second – Mattia Camboni, Italy
Third – Martin Kieran, Great Britain
RS:X Youth Women
First – Saskia Sills, Great Britain
Second – Noelle Finch, Great Britain
Third – Melanie Jariel, France