Racing today at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship was fast and furious, and ‘so much fun’ according to Australia’s Gabrielle King who won both races in the girls Laser Radial fleet. Twenty knots of southwesterly breeze kicked up white horses on Lake Ontario, and under a hard blue sky, the sailing was spectacular.
Gabrielle King/photo onEdition
The strong winds today proved just too much for the lightweight German sisters. Karin and Tina Marchart who were the overnight leaders have dropped to seventh, giving way to new leaders, the very slick American duo, Emily Dellenbaugh and Briana Provancha. The Americans posted a win and a fifth place to put them one point ahead of the British team of Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth. Anniemiek Bekkering and Jeske Kisters won the second race, beating the British girls, to put them in third place at the end of today, just one point behind.
Winning both races today in the girls windsurfer fleet, was Australia’s Alisha Kawalla, which was good enough to bring her into the frame from 12th place overnight to third overall after four races. Last year’s gold medalist, Laura Linares (ITA) retained her overnight lead and extended the margin to eight points from second-placed Nina Szyhczyk (POL). Moana Delle (GER) put yesterday’s race one retirement to one side to post a fourth and a second to bring her score equal with Alisha Kawalla.
Laser Radial Girls
Strong winds also took their toll on the girls Laser Radial fleet and several athletes were very tired after the second race was completed. Victoria Chan (SIN) is the new leader, relegating overnight leader Anuar Nural Elia (MAS) to 7th with Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen two points behind the new leader in second.
Finishing second in the final girls Laser Radial race today was Austria’s Veronika Haid who had a bad start in the first race when she was among a group of boats caught on the course side of the start line when the starting gun (OCS) fired. OCS is very expensive 35-point error to make and a further six boats were OCS in the second race of today as the wind increased.
The real star of the day was Gabrielle King from Australia who won both Laser Radial races and moved up from 11th to third place.
King was thrilled: “Oh that was sooo much fun,” she said. “Absolutely brilliant. The conditions were fantastic. Getting to the top mark in front was amazing, I just had to hold on and hang in there.”
Racing continues tomorrow.
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