Progression In The Byte CII Fleets At Youth Olympic Games Aug 19
Published: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
It was a day of improvements and progression for the Byte CII sailors at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with two races completed in the male and female fleets.
No Techno 293 racing was possible with a light fickle breeze on the race area not reaching the required limit for the 20 boys and 21 girls to race.
Byte CII Girls:
2014 Byte CII World Champion Odile Van Aanholt (NED) took the lead in the Girl's Byte CII fleet following a solid day on the water.
Echoing Alexandra Dahlberg's (FIN) opening day performance Van Aanholt took double bullets and has a 15-point advantage over the Dominican Republic's Celeste Lugtmeijer.
While the racing is competitive and close, the spirit amongst the fleet is high with plenty of smiles. Great performances are acknowledged with hugs and high fives and it's an environment that is some way off the high octane, high stakes world of professional sailing, "I think the atmosphere is better here,” says Van Aanholt. "Lots of us are all friends and we have fun together.”
Bermuda's Cecilia Wollman put a tough opening day behind her, bouncing back to rise up the leaderboard on the second day of competition.
Singapore's Samantha Yom had a topsy-turvy day with a third and a 21st. "It went really bad today,” says Yom. “For the first race I finished third but in the second race I finished like 20th so bye-bye medal chances but I'll keep fighting. I will put the race behind me and keep fighting in the days to come.” The Singaporean is third overall on 31 points and with the discard coming into play after the fifth race she will lose her worst result.
Sixty nations are racing across the four fleets on Lake Jinniu. "I think it's interesting to be able to race with sailors from all over the world because it's a once in a lifetime experience,” Yom says.
Byte CII Boys:
It was a day of improvements and consolidation for the 30-boat Boys Byte CII fleet with two races completed late in the afternoon.
Pedro Correa (BRA) maintained his leading role with a pair of third place finishes and has a 16-point lead over Pavle Zivanovic (CRO) and a 20-point advantage over Rodolfo Pires (BRA) in third. Behind the table topping Brazilian many of the racers improved on their opening day results and continue to thrive in the Youth Olympic Games environment.
"I did better than yesterday because I had some bad races,” says Singapore's Bernie Chin. "I am happy that I've done better and I'm just doing my best now.” The Singaporean opened his event with a 21 and a 31 DNF but was the top performer on the second racing day taking a bullet and a second.