No wind, No sailing at Youth Olympic Games
Published on August 21st, 2014
Nanjing, China (August 21, 2014) – Lake Jinniu was plagued with little to no wind on the fourth day of competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with no racing possible.
With light winds forecasted ahead of the day, the hard working race committee were always facing an uphill battle and a long wait on the water for anything to materialise. With the wind not playing ball the decision to cancel the day was made at 13:15 local time.
The leader boards from the day prior remain the same with China’s Linli Wu topping the billing in the Girl’s Techno 293 with Russia’s Maxim Tokarev atop of the pack in the boy’s division.
In the Boy’s Byte CII fleet Bernie Chin has a narrow advantage over Brazil’s Pedro Correa with Odile Van Aanholt (NED) still in control in the Girl’s Byte CII.
Tickets to watch the action on Lake Jinniu have sold out for every day of the competition. The spectator stand has been abuzz for the competition and Papua New Guinea’s Teariki Numa has loved it, “This is like the second time I’ve had people watching me and it’s a great experience to be out there and showing people what we can do.
“It’s a pleasure to be here and this sort of thing only comes once in your life and we are lucky to be here at the second Youth Olympic Games. The Youth Olympic Village is like the best place and living in the village is pretty big, only the lucky people live there.”
As an emerging nation athlete Numa is hoping to inspire his compatriots to grow the sport in his country, “We have around 30 people sailing. It is not really big in Papua New Guinea but we are starting to develop a bit. Next year we are going to host the Pacific Games and we are developing sailing by building new clubs and inspiring people to start sailing. I think me coming here will show people you can make it and that anything is possible.”
Racing is scheduled to resume at 11:00 local time on Friday 22 August with three races scheduled across all four fleets.
About The Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games brings 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes aged 15-16, with sailing on Nanjing’s Jinniu Lake from August 18 to 23. This is the second edition of the Games, with the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore.
Report by ISAF media.