Early Win for Brazil at Lightning Youth Worlds
Published on July 26th, 2016
Salinas, Ecuador (July 26, 2016) – The third day of the Lightning Youth World Championship began with a number of teams visiting La Chocolata, the Western-most point in South America. Sightings of sea lions and a few whales breaching were definitely a great way to start the day.
The third day of racing saw the Brazilian team of Felipe Rondina/Thomas Petrie Sylvestre/Christian Lacerda Shaw continuing to dominate and impress. The rest of the fleet saw some position changes both during the races and on the overall scoreboard.
While the Race Committee again chose the U flag for all starts today (under the advisement of World Sailing), the AP was seen just in time to avoid anyone actually being tagged. The black flag was chosen for the 3rd attempt to start the final race of the day and one team was the victim.
A backflip off the boat from Felipe Rondina following race 6 assured the spectators that this impressive Brazilian team was aware they had clinched the title with one race remaining. Flying the Brazilian flag on the sail back to the club, this team was all smiles and received many sincere words of congratulations. Their sailing was top notch and their sportsmanlike and congenial attitudes were recognized and much appreciated by the other competitors, spectators and regatta organizers.
Though the Brazilian Team has clinched the top spot, race seven may be the determining factor for the rest on the podium as there are only 13 point between 2nd and 5th Place.
Racing concludes on July 27.
Source: Debbie Probst