ISAF Day 3 Youth Sailing World Championship
Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014
There were frustrations early on the Portuguese day with light winds present on-shore but after a slight postponement six of the eight fleets took to the water to complete their racing schedule. No racing was possible in the RS:X fleets.
France’s Brice Yriex and Loic Fisher Guillou extended their 29er advantage to 18 points after a steady race day but stealing the show was Slovenia’s Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar.
The Slovenians were the dominant duo out on the racecourse and picked up a bullet, a second and a fourth to advance to fourth overall.
Janezic and Podlogar started well in the opening race and were sitting in second to Singapore’s Elisa Yukie Yokoyama and Samantha Annabelle Neubronner but in some of their favourite conditions they came back. “In the first upwind we were second but then we gained on them in the second to take first and then there was only the downwind left and we kept first place,” says Podlogar. “There were about five knots and lots of waves and I like that a lot.”
Portugal’s Diogo Pereira and Manuel Macedo threw themselves into 420 Boys lead after dominating the 32-boat fleet on home waters on the third day of racing.
Pereira, a 2013 bronze medallist, and Macedo controlled the pack in both the day’s races, storming to double bullets that leave them first overall going into the penultimate day. They are four points clear of overnight leaders Ibuki Koizumi and Kotaro Matsuo (JPN) and a further three ahead of Malaysia’s Mohammad Faizal Norizen and Ahmed Syukri Abdul Aziz.
Argentina's Francisco Guaragna Rigonat was the epitome of consistency in the 57-boat Laser Radial Boys fleet as he took double bullets.
His successful day moves him to second overall and he is ten points off leader Seafra Guilfoyle (IRL) who picked up a fifth and discarded a 17th in the light Tavira winds.
Martin Lowy (BRA) was disqualified in the opening race but hit back to take a second and he is third overall, tied with the Argentinean and Ryan Lo (SIN) in fourth.