Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship on Lake Ontario, Kingston, Canada in 8 – 10 knots of southwesterly breeze.
Thirty-four Laser Radials were on the start line for the girls single-handed class, where the racing is equally exciting. Anur Nural Elia from Malaysia lies in first place with Victoria Chan (Singapore) and Anne Haeger (USA) both on 10 points, just one point behind
In the now flat and fluky conditions only two races were completed for the two windsurfer fleets due to the non-planing conditions. Winner of both races in the girls class was the 2006 gold medalist, Laura Linares (ITA), who went into this regatta as favourite. Brazil’s Patricia Dacosta Freitas lies second, with Poland’s Nina Szyhczyk in third. Germany’s Moana Delle was also in contention in race one but retired after the finish, to score what she will hope will be a discard score of 16 points.
Predicted strong challengers Tatsiana Khaladzinski from Belarus, who was among the top finishers in Weymouth last year, and Hong Kong’s Hei Man Chan (5th last year) both finished down the fleet in 7th and 11th places respectively.
The girls 29er fleet has been one of the most interesting fleets to watch today with lots of changes at the front of the fleet. Emily Dellenbaugh and Bianca Provancha from the USA initially made an excellent showing in the first race taking the gun with race favourites, Hannah Nattrass and Michelle Muller (AUS) safely behind them in second.
Race two was not so promising for the USA and the Brazilian crew of Ana Jungen and Kahena Kunze sneaked in to take first place. By race three it was all change again with the Dutch crew of Anniemiek Bekkering and Jeske Kisters winning the third race.
At the end of the day two fifth places and a second was good enough for the German crew of Karin and Tina Marchart to take pole position with the Americans a point behind them in second place. Britain’s team of Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth are in third.
Bianca Provancha (USA) said: “We're very pleased. Our goal was to be conservative and we wanted to be consistent. A ninth isn't great but it happens and you just have to deal with it.”
Finishing the day in sixth place, the Brazilian crew are happy. Anna Jungen summed up the day on the water: “I think the best thing about today is that we realised that it isn't such a monster to win a race at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds. We know that we can win - it makes us feel now that the dream can be real!”
photos Janos Schmidt