RS:X Youth European Championships :Teasing breeze but still two races
Wednesday, 04 July 2012
It was light all night but the breeze was also light when we arrived at the race site this morning. The postponement flag went up at 1030hrs and staid there for an hour. When the fleets were called out, we had 6 knots of breeze that held long enough to get the first race of the day [race 4] completed... It then played cat and mouse with us for the whole after noon.
First retreating then teasing us by filling in for a few minutes before backing off again. The sailors seemed to be attached to the start boat by a rubber band as they first came in and then went back out again. Third time lucky...
At 1641hrs, the game finally stopped as a good solid 7 knots filled in all over the course and we were good to go with the second race of the day [race 5]. So lets look at the winners and losers remembering that its hard to stay focused when your concentration is constantly being broken by the fickle breeze
In the women's fleet, Neomi Cohen [ISR] scored two bullets today. With the discard kicking in after race 5, she burst into the top 3 just 4 points adrift of Veronica Fanciulli [ITA] who posted two 2nd places to take over the lead overall.
Back in third, Basia Dmuchowska [POL] put in a pair of 4s to displace Anastasiya Valkevich [BLR] by two points. Saskia Sills [GBR] is one point back in 5th having remembered just in time that she had not signed out to race. Some quick action by her coach got her in and back out again with seconds to spare before the youth women's warning signal was given for race 5.
Over in the youth men's fleet, the battle for supremacy is becoming clear. Pawel Tarnowski [POL] is still the overall leader but Kieran Martin [GBR] is just two points away having closed the gap by scoring two firsts today against Pawel's 2nd and a 3rd. Kieran also dropped six points as a discard so he mirrored Neomi Cohen's day almost exactly.
Back in third is sixteen year old Mattia Camboni [ITA] who has was training with Alessandra Sensini in Weymouth just before this championships. He's only 4 points back but has a 8 point cushion on 4th placed Imry Katz [ISR]
With the forecast for tomorrow looking light again, Mattia should therefore have the opportunity to strengthen his claim for the bronze before the big blow comes marching out of the north east on Thursday and Friday. 20 knots is forecast so by medal race day on Saturday, Estonia will have given us a full range of conditions to deal with.
RS:X Youth Men
1. Pawel Tarnowski [POL] - 5.0
2. Kieran Martin [GBR] - 7.0
3. Mattia Camboni [ITA] - 11.0
4. Imry Katz [ISR] - 19.0
5. Amir Galili [ISR] - 20.0
RS:X Youth Women
1. Veronica Fanciulli [ITA] - 7.0
2. Neomi Cohen [ISR] - 11.0
3. Basia Dmuchowska [POL] - 13.0
4. Anastasiya Valkevich [BLR] - 15.0
5. Saskia Sills [GBR] - 16.0
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2012 )