Published: Monday, 21 July 2014

Racing at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal came to a thrilling conclusion as the medals across the eight events were decided.

A beautiful westerly breeze came through early in the afternoon allowing three RS:X Boys and Girls races, two 29er races with a single race in the remaining fleets.

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Racing commenced at 12:00 local time in a breeze that slowly built to 10-13 knots as the day progressed.

In the RS:X Girls Russia’s Stefaniya Elfutina overthrew China’s Shi Hongmei on the final day to claim a hard fought gold medal.

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Hongmei came away with silver and Italy’s Marta Maggetti remained in bronze medal position after a 2-3-4 scoreline.

Overnight RS:X Boys leader Yael Paz (ISR) held on to take gold after a nervy finish. Mattia Camboni (ITA) took six race wins across the 12 race series but ultimately it was Paz’s consistency that handed him gold with the Italian settling for silver.

Poland’s Radoslow Furmanski picked up bronze.

Japan’s Ibuki Koizumi and Kotaro Matsuo and Singapore’s Yia Jia Loh and Jonathan Yeo were tied on 38 points apiece heading into the single 420 Boys race.

The Singaporeans were relaxed on the race course and took matters into their own hands as they had a great start which they were able to transition into a good lead. As they crossed the finish line in first it was Singaporean gold, their third throughout the history of the ISAF Youth Worlds.

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The Japanese pair finished 12th in the final race to drop to bronze medal position as a third from Malaysia’s Mohammad Faizal Norizan and Ahmed Syukri Abdul Aziz promoted them up to silver.

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In the 420 Girls gold and silver were decided on the penultimate day with Spain’s Silvia Mas and Marta Davila holding an unassailable lead atop the pack with Israel’s Yahel Wallach and Stav Brokman unable to be dislodged in second.

Anything was possible in the fleet with places third to seventh capable of winning gold. In the end Poland’s Ewa Romaniuk and Katarzyna Goralska took the final race victory and with it, a bronze medal.

In the 29er France’s Brice Yrieirx and Loic Fischer Guillou hit back on the final day to take gold. The Americans take away silver while Markus Somerville and Isaac Mchardie (NZL) walk away in bronze.

In a three way shoot out for Laser Radial Boys honours Joel Rodriguez (ESP) came out on top following a fourth place. Seafra Guilfoyle (IRL) put the pressure on the Spaniard with a final race bullet but a fourth was enough for Rodriguez as he took gold by four points.

The Irish race climbed up to second overall following his bullet while Singapore’s Ryan Lo fell to third, discarding his 19th in the last race.

Martina Reino (ESP) made it double Spanish Laser Radial gold as she took the honours with a final race bullet. Across the nine race series the Spanish sailor has amassed four race wins and finishes 11 points ahead of Haddon Hughes (USA) and Monika Mikkola (FIN).

Hughes and Mikkola ended up tied on 50 points but the American takes silver having picked up on one more race win than the Finnish sailor.

The closing ceremony took place outside Tavira's Town Hall.

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