USA edge ahead in 420 Boys, Aussies still control 420 Girls on Day 2 at Youth Worlds
Day two of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships saw some perfect sailing for a chosen few as the big breeze was back in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The sailors s had winds to mimic day one with 20 knots blowing, easing off later in the day toagain test the young sailors with tricky shifts. With the discard now in play, there were changes in the rankings and those that put the hammer down to move up in the overalls.
The girl's 420 was the first of the perfect days. Austria's Angelika Kohlendorfer and Viktoria Puxkandl took two bullets to make up for the 'middle of the road' first day. With the discard now in play the duo can count their bullets along with a 13th place whilst discarding a 17th from the first race of the regatta. It pushes them to fifth in the rankings, but they know they haven't got the room for manoveure that their rivals have.
One of those rivals is Australia's Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith. Just behind in both races with two second places, the pair top the leaderboard on five points. So what did Jerwood think of the day? "We had a really good one. The wind picked up towards the end which we like to get in to our speed groove. We got two seconds, but the Austrians were planing too fast on the upwinds and got by us both races, but it was a good day for us."
It was a good day as they maintained their high finishes, and with the weather forecast looking similar all week, Smith was certainly happy for what is to come, "We definitely like the windier weather. It's what we prefer and its good because we weren't expecting it here in Langkawi. Its definitely kicked up for us and it's more like home when it's like this so we are more comfortable in this and we know we can go fast."
While both the Austrian's and Australian's were in their groove today, Poland's Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik didn't have quite the same luck. They still sit in second overall on nine points after a fourth and a discarded 13th but from hereon in they will be looking to get back to the standard they set on day one after posting two top three finishes.
Creeping up on the Polish pair and rounding out the top three are USA's Christine Klinger and Victoria Thompson who have 10 points after a discarded seventh and third today. Always up and around the top of the boy's 420 are USA's Will Logue and Bram Brakman. With three second places and a discarded third, they can't seem to find that elusive bullet, but lead overall on six points.
The first bullet of the day went to Ireland's Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan who sit in third on 14 points with last year's Youth Worlds gold medallist Singapore's Jia Yi Loh, now sailing with Matthew Lau, in fourth. Loh and Lau had an average day by gold medal standards with a discarded 12th and a sixth place.
So is the weight of a gold weighing on his shoulders? From his demeanour and words, I think not, "I'm sailing with a different crew and we know this place is tricky and the fastest sailor may not necessarily win. It's all about how you play the shifts and anyone here could win, and that's why I think it's taken off some stress."
Singaporean sailors generally have a reputation for excelling in lighter winds due to their build, but Loh isn't letting the strong winds that Langkawi is throwing at them hinder his chances, "We are fine with any winds. In Singapore we get light winds, but then we are on the heavy side so we are fine in strong winds as well."
Picking up the other bullet of the day were Finland's Eklund brothers, Jacob and Anton. With middle order finishes in all their other races, the brothers will hope that the bullet will bring a change in fortunes and is a sign of things to come.
2015 Youth Worlds - Day 2 Highlights
Quite shifty...that's the wind not the video.There's a bit of a 420 focus today as the wind was up again in Langkawi, Malaysia. But don't worry, we haven't forgotten the rest in this day two highlight video right here. #YouthSailing #2015YouthWorldsVideo by Beau Outteridge ProductionsPosted by ISAF Youth Worlds on Wednesday, 30 December 2015
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RESULTS / ENTRIES
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