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12-13-2017, 01:20 PM

The Youth Sailing World Championships are in full swing in Sanya China LINKY (http://www.worldsailingywc.org/home.php)

And the USA is well represented with sailors in each discipline, and cumulatively, are currently in 3rd with 39 points, behind
Italy with 32 points and Israel with 36 points.

Leading competitors in the nine fleets at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships were trading blows in a tense third day of racing in Sanya, China.
Those in contention for medals were fighting for every inch across the four course areas to put themselves in a good position ahead of the penultimate day.

In another variable 6-14 knot breeze from the east, Charlotte Rose (USA) and Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) went toe to toe in the Girl's Laser Radial and Israel's Yoav Cohen had a back and forth battle with China's Hao Chen in the Boy's RS:X.

After another two Girl's Laser Radial races, Rose and Fraschini have opened a 20-point advantage over Luciana Cardozo (ARG) at the front of the pack.

Summarising the day Fraschini said, "Today I had a first and a fourth and she [Rose] had a fourth and a first so the level is good and the competition is super high.

"We are doing our best and now we are first and second and we have to try and keep our performance consistent for the coming races."

Fraschini knows what it takes to perform on the major international stage having won the 2016 Youth Worlds, competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and claimed a silver at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Rose sits on eight points with Fraschini following on 12 with three races to go and the Uruguayan feels confident that she can overhaul the American, "I have a better discard than her so maybe I can play with that in the next races.

"I have more Championships than Charlotte and I think that helps but once you are on the water, anything can happen. It all depends on who has the better strategy."

The Uruguayan currently discards a ninth and the American, a 17th. If it's close after Thursday's racing it could all come down to the final race and potentially, some match racing but Fraschini is playing her cards close to her chest, "The plan right now is to keep sailing as I am doing and keeping calm because if I get nervous I start to think about the points and it won't help. I am trying to enjoy it and then we'll see what happens."

Russia's Daniil Krutskikh is sailing consistently at the front of the Boy's Laser Radial fleet and as a result has moved into the overall lead. A fourth and an 11th was enough to remove Guido Gallinaro (ITA) from top spot. The Russian is two points clear of the Italian.

It was another mixed day for New Zealand's Josh Armit. After a 1-14 on day one, another 1-14 on day two, he picked up a fourth and a 20th. Despite an inconsistent scoreline he moves into third overall, two points clear of South Africa's Calvin Gibbs.

Between Israel's Cohen and China's Chen, they have won all but one Boy's RS:X race. Cohen managed to secure two out of three wins on Wednesday and dislodged Chen at the front of the pack to lead by two points.

Despite a language barrier between Cohen and Chen, there is a mutual respect between the pair and the Israeli is loving the competition, "I have never raced with Hao Chen before. We have a respectful relationship on the water, although there is a big language barrier.

"The Chinese are really good and with light winds they can perform well which means every minute I have try my best to win. The Chinese RS:X sailors come to events once a year and it's always a surprise to see someone good.

"It's pretty close racing but it's good because it's making it harder for me and I learn a lot from that."

Sil Hoekstra (NED) removed Spain's Fernando Gonzalez de la Madrid Trueba from third spot after a strong day of the racing. The day's remaining race win went to Italy's Luca Di Tomassi.

In the Girl's RS:X, 2016 champion Emma Wilson (GBR) put the pressure on overnight leader Giorgia Speciale (ITA) by beating her in every race. Wilson's 2-2-1 was enough to see her one place ahead of Speciale in each race and the pair are now locked on 16 points. The Italian leads thanks to her three race wins but the pressure is on for the front runners.

China's Ting Yu is five points off in third.

Lucas Claeyssens and Anne Vandenberghe (BEL) thrived in the lighter breeze on the first two days but as the stronger breeze came in, they were unable to replicate their early form.

A 12th, second and discarded 15th saw them drop to second. By their own admission, the Belgians are light wind specialists and recognise the strength of their rivals in stronger breeze.

Switzerland's Max Wallenberg and Amanda Bjork-Anastassov capitalised and put three good results together to grab the lead by a single point over the Belgian team.

Slovenia's Rok Verderber and Klemen Semelbauer moved from fourth to first in the Boy's 29er. The Slovenians remained consistent recording a 7-1-7 and lead Finland's Ville Korhonen and Robin Berner by a single point. Théo Revil and Gautier Guevel (FRA) remaining in contention in third.

New Zealand's Seb Lardies and Scott Mckenzie won two of the day's races but they sandwiched a 17th putting them in sixth overall.

Italy's Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni extended their lead by a significant margin in the Girl's 29er. A 3-5-2 gives them a 26-point advantage over Ismene Usman and Svea Karsenbarg (NED). With three races on Thursday, the Italians could seal gold with a day to spare.

Meanwhile there is a tight battle going on for silver and bronze with ten points splitting teams from second to tenth.

Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone (AUS) surrendered their Boy's 420 lead after a contrasting day to their previous two. They started the week well, recording a 4-2-2-1 scoreline but in Wednesday's racing, a discarded 15th and a 13th saw them slip.

Israel's Ido Bikik and Noam Homri pounced, winning the first race of the day and taking a third in the next. They now have a six point advantage over the Australians. America's Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth (USA) are tied on 22 points with Henry and Featherstone.

American twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles were in fine form once again in the Girl's 420 and added a pair of seconds to hold on to their overnight lead.

They are now 12 points ahead of France's Violette Dorange and Camille Orion who claimed a race win and 16 points ahead of Italy's Arianna Passamonti and Giulia Fava who took the day's other victory.

Racing resumes on Thursday at 11:00 local time. A full day of racing will be held for all classes ahead of a single race on Friday that will close the event.












Charlie Tuna
12-14-2017, 02:52 PM
Go Marcellini & Brill!

12-15-2017, 02:05 PM
USA Youthe Sailors Bring Home the bling at the 2017 Youth Worlds In Sanya, China


Laser Radial Girls Champion Charlotte Rose Celebrates hard fought win!


Carmen and Emma Cowles 1st in Girls 420 division
All images © Sailing Energy/ World Sailing


420 Boys Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth 2nd


420 Girls Carmen and Emma Cowes 1st


29er Boys Neil Marcellini & Ian Brill 7th


29er Girls Berta Puig & Charlotte Mack 16th


Nacra 15 Mark Brunsvoid & Dylan Heinz 4th


Laser Radial Boys Joseph Hou 8th


RS:X Boys Steven Cramer 17th


RS:X Girls Dominique Stater 17th

Nations Trophy USA 3rd


One of the tensest final days in Youth Worlds history

Sanya, China delivered the tensest final day in the history of the Youth Sailing World Championships with eight gold medals decided on the final run to the finish line.
Italy's Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni had confirmed gold in the Girl's 29er but minimal points separated the front runners in the remaining eight fleets ensuring it went down to the final race.
Sanya saved the best for the final day with gorgeous sunshine and a consistent 12 knot easterly breeze.

In a three-way fight for Boy's 29er gold, France's Théo Revil and Gautier Guevel overcame the challenge to claim a hard-fought title.

The momentum in the Boy's 29er swung to and fro all week long and heading into the final day either the French, Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty (NOR) and Rok Verderber and Klemen Semelbauer (SLO) could claim gold.


Revil and Guevel kept the two teams at bay and sailed through in seventh. The Norwegians came through in 14th and the Slovenians in 16th.

"We are really really happy, this is a big honour. We don't really realise what we've done," expressed Guevel. "It was like a lot of emotion at the finish line and all the pressure of the week just left us. We were so excited.

"We saw our coach straight away but we'll phone our parents next."

The Norwegians picked up gold but it was heartbreak for the Slovenians after Argentina's Santiago Duncan and Elias Dalli won the race to move into bronze, five points ahead.

Porro and Leoni had gold all wrapped up ahead in the Girl's 29er but a fight was on for silver and bronze. Russia's Zoya Novikova and Diana Sabirova took a second in the last race and moved up to silver. Jasmin May Galbraith and Chloe Fisher (AUS) completed the podium but were just one point ahead of the French team.

Australia's Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone overcame Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth (USA) to win gold in the Boy's 420.

Henry and Featherstone trailed the Americans by a single point ahead of the final race and had a game plan, "We knew we had to beat the Americans and come ninth or better. We knew we had to get a good result," explained Henry. But it didn't quite go by the play back as he continued, "We stuffed up the start. We were jammed inbetween the start boat and the French and then we couldn't go anywhere so we hit them. We had to do two penalty spins.

"But we stuck to our plan and came back from there. It worked well in the end."

The Australians came through in third with the Americans behind in 11th which gave them silver.

"We're pretty stoked, that's for sure," expressed Featherstone. "The feelings haven't really kicked in. We were talking on the water, thinking we're number one and were imagining looking out at everyone on the podium and their faces. That's when the butterflies started to come in.

"The Youth Worlds is the biggest stepping place."

Ido Bilik and Noam Homri (ISR) completed the podium.

American twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles claimed a stylish gold medal in the Girl's 420 with a race win. They finished 26-points ahead of Violette Dorange and Camille Orion (FRA) and Arianna Passamonti and Giulia Fava (ITA) who completed the podium.

"Right now we're trying to digest it," said the sisters in unison. "It's still sinking in. We're going to tell our mother and sister, they've been following it from afar, even though it's midnight there. They're probably really excited right now."

Israel's Yoav Cohen claimed gold in the Boy's RS:X by a single point over China's Hao Chen. The pair had battled all week long and fought to the bitter end. Chen finished third in the final race with Cohen following in fifth which gave him gold.

Cohen was quick to acknowledge his Chinese rival and was over the moon about his victory. "It's a dream come true. I can't get over this feeling," said Cohen through a beaming smile. "I've won before but here I've worked harder than I've ever worked before. The level keeps getting better and better. I can't talk, I have no words. It's amazing.

"This week has been epic, just epic. I've had nights without sleeping. The Chinese guy and I were always split by one point the whole championship. It's made this win so sweet because it was so hard. It did not come easily and I'm stoked."

Sil Hoekstra (NED) completed the Boy's RS:X podium.

Emma Wilson (GBR) and Italy's Giorgio Speciale battled all week in the Girl's RS:X and at the end of the week, there was zero separation as they ended up tied on 24-points each with the same scorelines.

Both can be described as champions but Wilson's victory in the final race means that she walks away with gold, to defend the title she won in 2016.

"I'm so happy and relieved, said Wilson. "It was so close for the whole week - I was second for the whole week and then finally on that last reach I pulled up. It was amazing."

China's Ting Yu picked up bronze.

Israel's Maor Ben Hrosh overcame a nine point gap in the Boy's Laser Radial to snatch a second Israeli gold. He trailed Daniil Krutskikh (RUS) overnight but the Russians 19th handed the Israeli the initiative as he sailed through in fourth to win by three points.

"When I came in this morning, I felt like I needed to save my second place," explained Hrosh, "but at the start I wanted to take gold and I gave it everything. I cannot believe this has happened and I've won."

The Russian picked up silver and Guido Gallinaro (ITA) completed the podium.

It was a tense finale in the Girl's Laser Radial as Charlotte Rose (USA) and Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) went toe to toe. A mid-fleet battle ensued but Rose did just enough, finishing 17th to win via countback as she was tied with the Uruguayan.

Daisy Collingridge (GBR) overcame Luciana Cardozo (ARG) to pick up bronze.

It was a tense finale in the Nacra 15 as Switzerland's Max Wallenberg and Amanda Bjork-Anastassov overhauled Australia's Shannon and Jayden Dalton.

Their fifth in the final race compared to the Australians eighth meant they were both tied on 57-points but the Swiss won via countback thanks to a win in the fifth race of the series.

It could have been completely different for the Swiss team after issues during the race as Wallenberg explained, "Our jib fell on the upwind but Amanda went to the front and fixed it and everything was fine in the end but when that happened it became very intense and stressful. We thought our championship would end there and we'd be dead last and in fourth. But we kept on and well, we won," he smiled.

"It's a big thing to win this. It's an amazing feeling and hard to describe because to win this championship you need to work hard to even get here and have a lot of talent. I think, without our coach, our families and our yacht club we wouldn't have made it here."

Italy's consistent performance across the week means they win their fourth Nations' Trophy.

All of the sailors' will be celebrated at the closing ceremony this evening with the winners receiving World Sailing medals and perpetual trophies


Born 2 Sail
12-15-2017, 02:43 PM
Congrats to the athletes in this event!

Great to see the US back on an international podium!