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Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014

Lake Jinniu was plagued with little to no wind on the fourth day of competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with no racing possible.

The hard working race committee faced an uphill battle and waited on the water a long time for something to materialise. With the wind not playing ball the decision to cancel the day was made at 1315 local time.

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The leader boards from the day prior remain the same with China's Linli Wu topping the billing in the Girls Techno 293 with Russia's Maxim Tokarev atop of the pack in the Boys division.

In the Boys Byte CII fleet Bernie Chin has a narrow advantage over Brazil's Pedro Correa with Odile Van Aanholt (NED) still in control in the Girls Byte CII.

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Different nationalities are mixing in the boat park, sharing stories, having a bit of banter and making the most of the experience. "It's so much fun because there are lots of people from other countries and we can speak together in English all the time,” says Latvia’s Ketija Birzule. "I'm really happy that I can start and race against everyone because they're all really good and it's a really good experience.”

The whole YOG experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the 15-16 year old sailors who get to stay in the Youth Olympic Village, make new friends and engage in cultural programmes.

Light Wind Plagues Lake Jinniu On Aug 21 Day 4

As an emerging athlete Papua New Guinea’s Teariki Numa hopes to inspire his compatriots to grow the sport in his country. “We have around 30 people sailing. It is not really big in Papua New Guinea but we are starting to develop a bit. Next year we are going to host the Pacific Games and we are developing sailing by building new clubs and inspiring people to start sailing. I think me coming here will show people you can make it and that anything is possible.”

Racing is scheduled to resume at 1100 local time on Friday Aug 22 with three races scheduled across all four fleets.

www.olympic.org/nanjing-2014-youth-olympics