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Black Flag No Deterrent as Lynch Eyes Top Ten Finish at Youth Worlds

18th July 2012
Black Flag No Deterrent as Lynch Eyes Top Ten Finish at Youth Worlds

#isafyw12 – Rather than simply pressing for ultimate consistency, as they entered the second half of the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, sailors representing Ireland sought to push harder and take a few more risks, looking to finish the regatta on Friday with a clutch of single figure results in their scoreline.

In very varied conditions across the two races sailed today, they were largely rewarded, particularly in the Laser Radial class where Finn Lynch sailed to his best result of the regatta so far, with a third in the first race of the day. His best score was then matched neatly in the second race for the girls Radial class by Sophie Murphy.

While she paired her third to a solid 13th in the first race to lie 14th overall in the 42 boat fleet Lynch paid a heavy price in the second race when he was among the seven sailors disqualified for being over the start line early.

In fact Lynch was in good company, the US Sailing Team's Mitchell Kiss was disqualified for the same rules infringement in the first race, admitting later that he too was out to take a few more risks to try and ease further clear of the pack.

The Irish sailor arrived back at the dock in the Royal St George very disappointed, but objective. He was more frustrated at having proven himself so well in the first race and then losing the chance of a repeat performance in the second race, than the effect his DSQ had on his scoreline.

He effectively spends his discard but lies in an excellent eighth overall, still within striking distance – 11 points – of the medals with three races still scheduled to be completed.

Lynch reported: " I had a good first race, got up to third on the final downwind and so, overall, it was a pretty good result. As for the Black Flag it is not too much of a problem I have a good discard, better than most around me, and so it is not too bad really, it should not affect me too much."

" I think I have been pretty solid so far, now I need to start to get a few good results in, to get right up to the top. I don't feel like I have lost anything so far."

Winds continued to be frustrating on Dublin Bay. Though the first race was sailed in 11-14 kts there were big shifts in direction but for the second contest, it died away to four knots at times as ominous clouds rolled across the course area, finally bringing another downpour. But a light winds finish to the Championship are expected as high pressure is finally expected to bring sunshine as well. Lynch says he has no concerns in lighter conditions:

" I really don't look at the forecast too much. All I really need to be doing is thinking what's going to happen when I stand up in my boat two minutes before the start. That is the only time I need to worry or think about what's going to happen with the weather."

The young duo in the 420 boys class, Cork's Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts lie 14th overall after a 19th and ninth today:

" We had a really bad start in the first race, on the line too early and could not accelerate." Recalled crew Roberts, " We have been disappointed with the first two days but we are getting better."

In the 29er class Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay are 10th in the 15 boat fleet which is lead by the British duo, world champions Rupert White and Tom Britz.

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012


Laser Radial (Boys)

1st - Mitchell Kiss (USA) 79pts 2nd - Marco Zani (ITA) 90pts 3rd - Mark Spearman (AUS) 92pts

Laser Radial (Girls)

1st - Julia Carlasson (SWE) 51pts 2nd - Maria Cristina Boabaid (BRA) 67pts 3rd- Line Flemhost (NOR) 68pts

420 (Boys)

1st – Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan (FRA) 36pts 2nd - Pieter Goedhart/Lars Van Stekelenborg (NED) 36pts 3rd - David Charles/Alex Charles (ESP) 41pts

420 (Girls)

1st - Carrie Smith/Ellie Clark (AUS) 32pts 2nd - Illaria Paternoster/Benedetta Disalle (ITA) 35pts 3rd- Annabel Vose/Kirstie Urwin (GBR) 36pts


1st - Carlos Robles/Florian Trittel (ESP) 13pts 2nd – Lucal Rual/Thomas Biton (FRA) 15pts 3rd – Klaus Lange/Mateo Majdalani(ARG) 24pts

SL16 Catamaran

1st –Rupert White/Tom Britz (GBR) 16pts 2nd - Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland (AUS) 20pts 3rd - Henri Demesmaeker/Phillip Hendrickx (BEL) 28pts.

RSX Boys

1st – Wonwood Cho (KOR) 24pts 2nd- Matta Camboni ( ITA) 26pts 3rd - Michael Cheng (HKG) 49pts

RSX Girls

1st - Saskia Sills (GBR) 17pts 2nd - Naomi Cohen (ISR) 39pts 3rd - Anastasiva Valkevich (BLR

Irish – standings after DAY FOUR

Radial Boys

8th- Finn Lynch (IRL) - 113pts

Radial Girls

14th - Sophie Murphy (IRL) - 107pts

420 Boys

14th - Patrick Crosbie/Grattan Roberts (IRL) - 114pts


10th- Alexander Rumball/Rory McStay (IRL) - 75pts


11th- Sean Donnelly/Tadgh Donnelly (IRL) - 86pts

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