(La Rochelle FRA, July 26) - After the Standard Youth Worlds last week, it is now the turn of the Radials boys and girls to crown their World Champions off La Rochelle FRA. As from today, 376 participants from 45 nations start racing. The largest delegation comes from the organising country France, but also England, Germany, Italy and the USA with 20 boats have big delegations present. Puerto Rico is represented by 3, Canada and Mexico by 2 boats each. The event website.
Day 1- US Day!
(La Rochelle FRA, July 27) - The first races of the Laser Radial Youth Worlds were sailed yesterday in a light seabreeze, increasing on up to 15 kn during the day. Erika Reineke USA took the lead in the Radial-Girls with two race wins, followed by Pernelle Michon FRA and Emma Plasschaert BEL. Best of the other North American federations are Natalia Montemayor MEX, 24th, and Rebecca Abelson CAN, 58th. 8 more US-girls are in the middle (from rank 38) and second half of the 99 Radial-women fleet. In the Radial Boys fleet it was Mitchell Kiss USA winning both races of his group and whi leading the 276 boat fleet. Juan-Carlos Perdomo PUR follows on 10th, Doemnic Bove USA is 12th. The daily report.
Day 2- USA Leads in Both Fleets
The seabreeze filled in yesterday afternoon increasing from 10 to 15 kn during the two races in the Girls (two groups) and the Boys (4 groups) fleets.
Outstanding Erika Reineke USA, who won all four races so far in the Radial Girls. She has now a clear lead on Sara Diaz-Pena ESP and Lucia Falasca ARG. More on North American sailors: Leonie Schuurmans USA was among the best yesterday (8/8) moving up to 23rd overall. Sighly down Natalia Montemayor MEX on 26th and Rebecca Abelson CAN on 62nd.
An US lead also in the Laser Boys by Mitchell Kiss USA tied with Eliot Merceron FRA. Jeremy O'Connell AUS follows on the 3rd place. Jointly on rank 4 are the ISAF-Youth World Champion Maxime Mazard FRA and Giovanni Coccoluto ITA. Juan-Carlos Perdomo PUR gained 2 ranks as 8th now, while Domenic Bove USA made a 24 ranks' dive on position 36 of the 270 participants.
The official report, the gallery and the results.
The lighter 10 to 12 kn breeze had no negative affect on Erika Reineke USA, who demonstrated her superiority in the Radials Girls with the day ranks 1 and 2. Her lead on the new second-ranked Hannah Tilley GBR is now 9 points. Pernelle Michon FRA and Sandy Fauthoux FRA follow on the ranks 3 and 4. The ISAF Youth World Champion Tiril Bue NOR was also among the winners of the day advancing on the 6th place. Natalia Montemayor MEX on 24th and Rebecca Abelson CAN on 65nd are the best of their countries, Leonie Schuurmans USA on rank 27 is the second-best US girl.
In the Radials Boys, Eliot Merceron FRA has taken the lead, but the Man of the day was Juan-Carlos Perdomo PUR, who climbed 6 ranks on 2 overall with two bullets. Mitchell Kiss USA gave away some points on the leaders in yesterday's races and is now on 3rd tied with Giovanni Coccoluto ITA and Lorenzo Chiavarini ITA. Domenic Bove USA lost another 12 places and is now on the 48th place of the 270 participants.
The official report.
On the last day of the qualifying series of the World Laser Radial Youth Championships, the sailing conditions were identical to the days before with a little sea breeze in the beginning of the afternoon.
Erika Reineke USA continued with her stellar performance in the Radials Girls with the day ranks 1 and 2. Her lead on Hannah Tilley GBR has grown to 17 points. Tiril Bue NOR (ranks 1 and 5) is now three up on 3rd. Natalia Montemayor MEX on 24th and Rebecca Abelson CAN on 65nd are the best of their countries, Leonie Schuurmans USA on rank 27 is the second-best US girl.
In the Radials Boys, Eliot Merceron FRA, Juan-Carlos Perdomo PUR and Giovanni Coccoluto ITA, the Italian now tied with Elliot Hanson GBR, are on the ranks 1 to 3. Mitchell Kiss USA had a mediocre day 3 ranks down on the 6th place. Domenic Bove USA lost another 22 places and is now on the 70th place of the 270 participants.
The official report.