Youth Olympic Sailors Play To The Crowd On Opening Race Day
Published: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The four Techno 293 and Byte CII fleets competed in front of a crowd of 2,000 at the Youth Olympic Games as racing commenced on Lake Jinniu in Nanjing, China.
Sailing tickets have sold out for the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition.
The crowd witnessed three Techno 293 Boys and Girls races and a single Byte CII race towards the end of the day.
In a north east breeze blowing between 5-6 knots the Techno 293 completed their schedule with Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG) leading the boys and Lucie Pianazza (FRA) in charge in the girls.
The Byte CII fleets started the day with a tricky breeze making life difficult for the Race Committee. They managed to complete one race before moving to a different area following the windsurfers completing their schedule. Nonetheless two out of three scheduled races were completed and Pedro Correa (BRA) tops the tree in the male fleet while Alexandra Dahlberg (FIN) has the advantage in the girls.
In the Techno 293 Boys, Argentina's Francisco Saubidet Birkner was the stand out performer of the day as he notched up two bullets and a sixth to take the lead.
Dutch racer Lars van Someren opened the day up by taking the first bullet in front of 2,000 paying spectators. With clean air in his sail he led Brazil's Daniel Pereira and never looked threatened as the race played out.
"The stand is packed full," says van Someren. "It's a lot of fun. It's amazing. We sailed by after the race and everybody was cheering and everything. I saw my dad jumping up and down.”
Van Someren came through with a fourth in the second race but fell to tenth in the third and final race of the day. Saubidet Birkner holds top spot on eight points with Japan's Kensei Ikeda second on 12 points. Van Someren is third on 15 points.
In the Techno 293 Girls, consistency was key and France's Lucie Pianazza was the steadiest performer on the track.
The crowd had something to cheer about on the final race of the day as host nation sailor Linli Wu claimed the final bullet of the day. The Chinese sailor took a fourth and a seventh in the races prior and sits second overall. Russia's Mariam Sekhposyan is in third, tied on 12 points with the Chinese racer.
Finland’s Alexandra Dahberg took a pair of bullets in the Girls Byte CII.
“It was really successful today. My speed was great and I had good tactics so it just went well together,” says Dahberg.
Singapore's Samantha Yom is second overall on seven points with The Netherlands Odile van Aanholt sitting in third.
In Byte CII Boys, Pedro Correa (BRA) was strong in the light breeze and opened up the competition with a race victory. A fourth followed in the second race and he has a one-point advantage over Malaysia's Asri Azman.
Asri Azman (MAS) took the second race victory and is a point behind in second. Peru's Angello Giuria is third overall.
Racing resumed Aug 19.