USA TEAMS TAKE OVER ON RACE DAY 2 AT YOUTH WORLDS
All change on day 2 of racing at the AON Youth Sailing World Championship as the USA's Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin and Kathryn Hall/Ashton Borcherding take control of the 420 Class girls and boys leaderboard.
Both American partnerships kicked off the series strongly on day 1, winning their opening races, and again match each other's performance on day 2.
Conditions were mixed on the Hauraki Gulf as a light 4-6 knot breeze dialled up later in the day to the mid-teens. The mixed breeze brought mixed results as light wind specialists excelled one minute and suffered the next, and vice versa for the sailors who thrive in strong breeze.
Kathryn Hall and Ashton Borcherding (USA) lead a tight group of four teams at the top of the girl's 420 fleet, despite a discarded 14th. They scored a second place in the last race of the day to hold a one point advantage over Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (GBR). 2015 champions from Poland, Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik are in third and Alexandra Stalder and Silvia Speri (ITA) are fourth.
A massive leap- up for Davies/Keers who yesterday sat well outside the top 10 counting a UFD penalty in race 2, but with that now discarded they return to strength on the leaderboard.
420 Girls - Results after 4 races
1. Kathryn Hall/Ashton Borcherding (USA) - 8 pts
2. Isabel Davies/Gemma Keers (GBR) - 9 pts
3. Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik (POL) - 10 pts
4. Alexandra Stalder/Silvia Speri (ITA) - 12 pts
5. Violette Dorange/Camille Orion (FRA) - 20 pts
6. Olivia Belda/Marina Arndt (BRA) - 21 pts
7. Camila Barletta/Micaela Del Pero (ARG) - 21 pts
8. Linoy Korn/Omer Bilia (ISR) - 22 pts
9. Courtney Reynolds-Smith/Brianna Reynolds-Smith (NZL) - 22 pts
10. Alejandra Montemayor/Casilda Flores (MEX) - 22 pts
There is a tie at the top of the boy's 420 with USA's Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin and Italy's Edoardo Ferraro and Francesco Orlando both on six points. In third are Ido Bilik and Ofek Shalgi from Israel, another pair with huge pedigree in the 420 Class and well used to tussling with the Americans and Italians.
Rogers/Parkin finished third at the 2015 420 World Championships, the same year Ferraro/Orlando won the U17 Worlds. Onto the 2015 Junior Europeans, and Rogers/Parkin took gold with Bilik/Shalgi picking up the U17 Junior European title. 2016 featured Rogers/Parkin claiming silver at the Worlds and Bilik/Shalgi with gold at the Junior Europeans. It will be fascinating to see this tight battle unfold, with plenty of other teams also in touching distance of the podium.
420 Boys - Results after 4 races
1. Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin (USA) - 6pts
2. Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando (ITA) - 6 pts
3. Ido Bilik/Ofek Shalgi (ISR) - 9 pts
4. Fausto Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi (ARG) - 12 pts
5. Gustavo Abdulklech/Pietro Geronimi (BRA) - 12 pts
6. Robbie King/Marcus Tressler (GBR) - 22 pts
7. Enrique Lujan/Pablo Lujan (ESP) - 26 pts
8. Maciej Krusiec/Rafal Radecki (POL) - 27 pts
9. Lennart Kuss/Paul Arp (GER) - 27 pts
10. Nikolaus Kampelmuhler/Niklas Haberl (AUT) - 28 pts
420 Class coach Nikos Drougkas (GRE) is on site throughout the Championship, running daily video briefings, to highlight areas of improvement, mistakes and of course those perfectly executed moves. Drougkas' coaching fees and flights are funded by the International 420 Class Association, with the Organizers providing accommodation and food.
Race Day 3 is scheduled to begin racing at 09:55 local time at the Torbay Sailing Club on Sunday 18 December.
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