Competition/RSX Youth Euros 13
It has been a week of hard racing and mental prowess at the Crocodiles de L'Elorn Club in Brest. Near 300 competitors altogether had gathered up here hoping to bring the European title home.
RS:X Youth Boys
A sunny exciting day in Brest for the RS:X Europeans
For the 4th day of racing, the dream combination of sunshine and wind delighted the competitors. With 10 to 12 knots, the race committee treated the fleets with three races.
The competitors sailed under the watchful eye of Jean-Pierre Champion, President of the French Federation of Sailing and strong advocate for the RS:X class as an Olympic class, who declared: "It is important to celebrate the return and sustainability of windsurfing in the Olympic world. Windsurf is essential to sailing as a sport. Now, we must find the right racing formula for competitors and audiences alike. Visually, the class is very attractive but the events have to be understood by a large audience. I hope that this very symbolic championship, held in legendary Brest and organised by the local sailing club, les Crocodiles de l'Elorn is the very first step to the French windsurfing come back."
RS:X Youth Boys
Long day at RS:X Europeans
It was the first of the two finals' races day today in Brest, France and morale had to be strong to manage the time spent waiting for the wind. But as the sky cleared up and the wind shyly tried to build up, the announcements on the race village kept the same song as no steady wind entered the Bay of Brest today.
The Gold Fleets of the RS:X class got lucky as the wind came in and the decision to go ahead with the regattas was taken at 6:30pm with a signal for the Youth fleet 30 minutes later. The Youth Boys RS:X races didn't bring any change in the top four. However, fantastic jump in the ranking for Evgeny Ayvazyan from Russia who finished 2nd of the first race and won the second one and went from 19th in the overall provisional ranking to 6th! The performance for Frenchman Clement Bourgeois was slightly smaller but still to be noticed as he gained 4 places and now lies in 5th after a podium in the second race. The top four still belongs, in that order to Argentina's Bautista Saudibet-Brikner, Poland's Radoslaw Furmanski, Hong Kong's Chun Ting Lee and Britain's Kieran Martin.
In the Youth Girls RS:X competition, Hadar Heller from Israel finished 3rd and 4th which opened the way for Britain's Noelle Finch and Imogen Sills. Though they all stay on the podium, the order is now Noelle Finch in the lead followed by Imogen Sills in second place and Hadar Heller third.
Confused Sailors Left Scratching Their Heads…
The second day of the 2013 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, the RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships and the RS:One European Championships has left many 249 sailors from 38 countries feeling dazed and confused.
The Women and Girls were out first, starting where they ended yesterday - rigging up in the rain and gusty conditions. As they reached their respective race courses the rain had eased but the next challenge for the sailors was some incredibly challenging winds - going from 8 to 18 knots and swinging back and forth with no real consistency.
Over on the Youth's course all of the top three girls from yesterday were racking up some big scores. Heller Hadar (ISR) was most in tune with the conditions to post an impressive 1,1,3 score line and rocket her way up the leaderboard into sixth overall, discarding her OCS from yesterday. However it was another Israeli who jumped into the overall lead, Sahar Tibi overhauling the Brits of Saskia Sills and Noelle Finch and developing a five point lead.
Saskia Sills - "I just struggled to get into a rhythm. In the second race the top ten girls were all trying to sail without the daggerboard but it just didn't work out for us. We went around the top mark pretty down the pack and we had to work hard to keep our results sensible - it was definitely my discard."
In the afternoon when the Men and Boys came out the conditions were very much the same – tough going. In the Youth Men's fleet the Europeans still aren't getting it all their own way with Baustista Saudibet (ARG) and Chun Ting Lee (HKG) holding first and third. Splitting the two is Pole, Radoslw Furmanski. All of the top three took a race win today with only Furmanski having a better set of results and not posting a discard. Just a point off the top three Kieran Martin (GBR) also had a solid day posting 2,5,4 and these four have a clear lead over the chasing pack of French and Israeli sailors.
Thursday is a rest day for all fleets with many sailors looking to take in some of the beautiful sights of Brest and the surrounding areas before refocusing the mind ready for Round 2 and then the medal races. The Youth Men will now split into gold and silver fleets as well ; the Youth Women remain in a single Group.
It's a bit like Weymouth It's a bit like Weymouth
The 2013 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, the RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships and the RS:One European Championships kicked off day one in superb sailing conditions of 15-17 knots, but less than ideal weather with rain sweeping across the race course at times during the day. The conditions invited the comment of, "It's just like Weymouth", home of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition and Olympic sailors for the past four years from coaches and sailors alike.
The schedule was split with the men taking to the water in the morning in both the RS:X senior and youth competition before the RS:X women and youth taking to Brest harbour in the afternoon. The Race committees set up quickly and efficiently and racing commenced at 1105 as advertised.
The Youth Boys results represent the world wide interest in the championships with Kerian Martin (GBR) leading the Europeans in second place being held off the lead by Bausista Saudibet of Argentina and being chased hard by Chun Ting Lee of Hong Kong on equal points just behind. Saudibet had a perfect scoreline of three race wins from his group with Martin and Lee also picking up a race win each. Local sailor Avel Danycan is holding local hopes high in fourth place just two points off second.
The Youth Girls event is looking to be a warm up for the upcoming ISAF Youth World Championships in Cyprus in a couple of week's time. Leading the form book is Saskia Sills (GBR), reigning ISAF Youth World Champion, and an ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee from 2012. Saskia scored two race wins followed by a fourth to hold six points, but has compatriot Noelle Finch chasing hard just one point behind in second place. Sahar Tibi from Israel rounds out the top three after taking the race win in the third race of the day.
Rain again in the morning before the clouds are forecast to clear for the men in the afternoon. Tomorrow racing wise is important as it is the final day of qualification before the Men, Women and Youth Men get split into Gold and Silver fleets following the reserve day on Thursday.
The 2013 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, the RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships and the RS:One European Championships will be organised in Brest, France by Les Crocodiles de L'Elorn in co-operation with the French Sailing Federation (Federation Francaise de Voile, FFV) and NeilPryde Bikes from the 30th June to 7th July.
Brest, homeport to many sailing record events will host the three European Championships bringing together the future and present champions of both the RS:X and RS:One windsurfing classes. 270 athletes from 38 different countries will gather in the Port du Moulin, with 240 competing in the RS:X Olympic Class (half of which are participating in the Youth European Championships) and 30 in the RS:One Class.
Sign of good health, the RS:X Class can pride itself in a record number of participants in its Youth European Championships. The champions of tomorrow will get the chance to get acquainted with large scale events and despite both men and women title holders now moved on to the European Championships, Saskia Sills from GB, 2nd in the Youth Worlds 2012 and 3rd in the Youth Europeans 2012 will have to fight off her fellow countrywomen Imogen Sills and Noelle Finch as well as Shahar Tibi and Noga Geller from Israel. In the Men's Youth European Championship, Kieran Martin from GB, 2nd in the Youth Worlds 2012 and 3rd in the Youth Europeans 2012 will enter as favourite.
Athletes are expected in Brest on Sunday 30th June. Monday 1st July will be dedicated to registration, equipment checks, practice races, coach meetings and the opening ceremony. Racing starts on Tuesday 2nd July through to Sunday 7th included, Thursday 4th being a reserve day.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Sunday 7th July at 8pm. Bring it on!
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