Australia sets the pace in 420 Fleets on day 1 at Youth Worlds
Langkawi, Malaysia oserved up 20 knots of wind which eased off throughout the long day. There were nerves on shore as the afternoon session was delayed, but soon put aside as the young sailors did what they came to do, go racing. With everyone trying to get off to a flyer to set up their tilt at a gold medal, it would seem that today was reserved for the few who liked the stronger winds that Langkawi had to offer for its first racing day.
If the regatta can be judged on the first day then Australia and USA will be tussling it out all week in the boy's 420. As we know this isn't the case, but Australia's Alec Brodie and Xavier Winston Smith have the upper hand on day one with two bullets.
Following behind in both races with two second places was USA's Will Logue and Bram Brakman,who then let the rest of the fleet fight it out behind them.
Rounding out the top three is Singapore's Jia Yi Loh and Matthew Lau who end the day with a fifth and third place in the bag. Finishing third in race one was Ireland's Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan, but an unlucky 13th in the next dropped them down to seventh on the leaderboard.
Australia's Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith and Poland's Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik share top spot in the girl's 420 on five points. Jerwood and Smith took a bullet in the second race to follow their fourth while Szmit and Dzik had a second and third.
Rounding out the top three is New Zealand's Kerensa Jennings and Chelsea Rees who have seven points.
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