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Laser Radial Youth Nell Staunton Eyes Top Ten Finish at Youth Worlds

20th July 2018
The National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton is up to eighth overall with one race left to sail The National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton is up to eighth overall with one race left to sail Photo: World Sailing

A fourth scored by National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton in race eight moves the Dubliner up to eighth overall in the Laser Radial Girls class of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas with a single race left to sail today.

The Dublin school girl had another solid performance yesterday with her best result of the week, counting all her results to date in the top 13. 46 are competing in the girls class.

"The Dublin school girl had another solid performance yesterday"

Six classes have been clinched with a race to spare in this year's championships.

In the boys Laser Radial class, Jack Fahy of Lough Derg and the Royal St. George Yacht Club is 20th from 58.

The fourth day of the 48th Youth Sailing World Championships saw six class winners crowned gold medalists.

The Youth Worlds has become the pinnacle sailing event for teenagers aged 16-18. Past gold medalists have gone on to very successful careers in the upper echelons of the sport.

Whether American Geronimo Nores (Boys’ RS:X), Islay Watson of Great Britain (Girls’ RS:X), Argentinians Teresa Romairone and Dante Cittadini (Nacra 15), Josh Armit of New Zealand (Laser Radial Boys’), Charlotte Rose of the U.S.A. (Laser Radial Girls’) and Joseph Hermus and Walter Henry (USA) (Boys’ 420) follow in those footsteps remains to be seen.

Tonight they’re revelling in the fact that they’ve won a gold medal at a world championships with one race to spare.

Friday is the final day of competition in Corpus Christi where the remaining podium positions will be decided. Racing starts at 12:00 local time with one race scheduled per fleet. -- Sean McNeill

Published in Youth Sailing
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