Qualifying continues at Laser Radial Youth Worlds

Published on August 14th, 2017

Medemblik, Netherlands (August 14, 2017) – With sunny skies and a consistent 10 knot breeze, all 6 qualifying fleets completed two races for the second day of the Laser Radial Youth Worlds. A persistent left shift moved across the IJsselmeer throughout the day, causing multiple general recalls and postponements for course and starting line adjustments in every fleet.

On Alpha Course, the yellow fleet got off their start under a U Flag and Ireland’s Ewan Mcmahon led the way around the course with Josh Armit of New Zealand and Australian Caelin Winchcombe close on his tail. The following blue and red fleets had multiple general recalls before finally starting Race 1. Japan’s Yoshihiro Suzuki sailed to an easy win in the blue fleet while Norway’s Uffe Tomasgaard found his form to take a bullet in the boy’s red fleet.

Slightly lighter winds caused the fleets to spread out in Race 2. Gregoire Peverelli of Switzerland managed a win in the blue fleet, which paired nicely with his second place from Race 1 today. Local Dutch sailor, Juan Camacho Soares, rounded out the day with his best race of the series; winning the final race on Alpha Course in the red fleet.

Clean starts were equally tricky on Bravo Course as sailors pushed the pin end looking to take advantage of the day’s left shift. Italian Guido Gallinaro dominated the boys’ green fleet with a pair of bullets and, after discarding his fourteenth place from yesterday, now leads the 273-boat boys’ division with a perfect 3-point score line followed by a tie between Argentina’s Matias Dietrich and Winchcombe each with 7 points.

In the girls’ division, first place is tied between German Julia Buesselberg and Lin Pletikos of Slovenia with 4 points apiece. Buesselberg found her place at the top of the white fleet today, claiming a first and second for the day. Pletikos won her first race in the purple fleet and followed by sailing her discard 6th place in Race 2 to claim second place overall on a tiebreaker with Buesselberg. Great Britain’s Matilda Nicholls had a consistent day with a 2 and a 4 to remain in third place overall in the 106-boat girls’ division.

In the top ten for North America are Chase Carraway (USA) in 21st and Lillian Myers (USA) in 16th.

Qualifying continues tomorrow with two more races scheduled. Forty-six countries are represented in the field of 379 sailors from 15 to 18 years of age which will compete from August 13 to 18.

Boys preliminary results (Top 10 of 273; 4 races, 1 discard)
1. Guido Gallinaro ITA 3pts
2. Matias Dietrich ARG 7pts
3. Caelin Winchcombe AUS 7pts
4. Gregoire Peverelli SUI 8pts
5. Maor Ben Harosh ISR 8pts
6. Anastasios Panagiotidis GRE 9pts
7. Josh Armit NZL 11pts
8. Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE 12pts
9. Lorenzo Masetti ITA 14pts
10. Daniil Krutskikh RUS 14pts

Girls preliminary results (Top 10 of 106; 4 races, 1 discard)
1. Julia Buesselberg GER 4pts
2. Lin Pletikos SLO 4pts
3. Matilda Nicholls GBR 7pts
4. Hannah Anderssohn GER 10pts
5. Dolores Moreira Fraschini URU 11pts
6. Laura Schewe GER 17pts
7. Justine Van Tongel BEL 17pts
8. Emma Savelon NED 19pts
9. Valeria Lomatchenko RUS 19pts
10. Laila Van Der Meer NED 20pts

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Source: International Laser Class Association

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