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Irish Youth Sailors Concentrate on Putting in Best Performance

17th July 2012
Irish Youth Sailors Concentrate on Putting in Best Performance

#isafyw12 – As they look to improve their overall positions Ireland's young sailors at the Four Star Pizza 2012 ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Dun Laoghaire were warned to stay away from the championships venue today, to switch off and enjoy the scheduled rest day which marks the midpoint of the regatta.

"They all need to consider that Wednesday is effectively a new start to the regatta, put behind them what has gone on for them so far, and concentrate on putting in their best performances and enjoy the event being in Dublin for what it is, not for what it can be for them." Explained Ireland's team leader Milan Vujansinovic, who has ten years of experience as one of Croatia's top Laser dinghy sailors. "In the main we have a very young team here who should be looking to their future rather than where they will finish."

At the regatta which has attracted 61 different nations to race on Dublin Bay, Finn Lynch, lying in eighth place in the Laser Radial class still represents Ireland's best chance of a medal.

"Finn is only 16 and so very young for this class still. He has five races to go and if he can average a top five in the final races, then he can still medal. He has that ability for sure. Everything is open. He has had bad luck in a couple of races and has always been having to come up through the fleet."

So too in the 420 Boys, the Royal Cork YC's Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts are also at the younger end of the under 19 age range, racing at their first major world championships together. In the 30 boat class they lie 17th after seven races.

"The boys are very young, 14 and 15, and they are not expected to make great results and so they are in the middle of the fleet, more or less. They can really improve a few places, but when the guys they are racing against are 17 or 18, that represents a big gap in terms of experience and physically."

The team leader who finished fourth in the Laser European championships last year and was ranked top 10 in the world emphasized, " From here they all need to look at it as the start of the regatta when they go back on the water Wednesday. Everybody is thinking like it is over and there are three days to go. It is very open."

True to their leaders advice, the Irish youngsters spent the afternoon bowling before eating early and maximizing their rest ahead of racing resuming tomorrow (Wednesday)

" It is very good for them to be getting this experience at this level, but really they are looking to years ahead, for example to be qualifying for the Olympics in and making results in 2020."

Ironically, Tuesday's rest day at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships saw moderate breezes and more pleasant temperatures. Racing continues Wednesday when winds are expected to build again.

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012

Day THREE results (& overall points)

Laser Radial (Boys)

1st - Mitchell Kiss (USA) 47pts 2nd - Maxim Nikolaev (RUS) 49pts 3rd - Herman Tomasgaard (NOR) 50pts

Laser Radial (Girls)

1st - Line Flemhost (NOR) 38pts 2nd - Pinar Kaynar (TUR) 41pts 3rd- Julia Carlsson (SWE) 42pts

420 (Boys)

1st – Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan (FRA) 18pts 2nd - Pieter Goedhart/Lars Van Stekelenborg (NED) 26pts 3rd - David Charles/Alex Charles (ESP) 38pts

420 (Girls)

1st - Carrie Smith/Ellie Clark (AUS) 20pts 2nd - Anabel Vose/Kirstie Urwin (GBR) 20pts 3rd- Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta Disalle (ITA) 22pts


1st - Carlos Robles/Florian Trittel (ESP) 12pts 2nd – Lucal Rual/Thomas Biton (FRA) 13pts 3rd – Klaus Lange/Mateo Majdalani(ARG) 20pts

SL16 Catamaran

1st –Rupert White/Tom Britz (GBR) 8pts 2nd - Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland (AUS) 15pts 3rd - Henri Demesmaeker/Phillip Hendrickx (BEL) 17pts.

RSX Boys

1st – Wonwood Cho (KOR) 16pts 2nd- Matta Camboni ( ITA) 23pts 3rd - Kiran Badloe (NED) 30pts

RSX Girls

1st - Saskia Sills (GBR) 9pts 2nd - Anastasiya Valkevich (BLR) 22pts 3rd - Naomi Cohen (ISR) 27pts

Irish Team DAY 3 standings:

Radial Boys

8th - Finn Lynch (IRL) – 87pts

Radial Girls

16th - Sophie Murphy (IRL) – 91pts

420 Boys

17th - Patrick Crosbie/Grattan Roberts (IRL) 86pts

SL16 Boys

9th - Alexander Rumball/Rory McStay (IRL) - 53pts

29er Boys

12th - Sean Donnelly/Tadgh Donnelly (IRL) – 70pts Team

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