Laser Radial Youth Worlds - Big shifts take their toll in Oman

Sailors in start line
At the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, it was all change at the top of the leaderboard as a tricky day of racing, plagued by big wind shifts in Mussanah and patchy breeze, took its toll on form, rankings and race management.

Two races had to be abandoned shortly after they were started when the wind dropped to below the minimum required to race and the final race had to be postponed when it became clear there was not enough time for it to run its course.

By the close, Finland’s Monika Mikkola was the fourth leader of the Girls rankings in four days, taking over from Norway’s Celine Therese Herud while Sebastien Schneiter from Switzerland nudged to the top of the Boys even though he finished in the back half of the fleet in the only race possible.

Sebastian Scheneiter (SUI) - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

He moved ahead of Gianmarco Planchestainer by virtue of a disappointing result that the Italian is unable to discard while Schneiter’s 43rd – his worse result of the regatta by some margin - will not count.

Both will be aware of the growing threat posed by the Hungarian brothers Benjamin and Jonatan Vadnai whose downwind speeds have impressed from the outset but whose lack of consistency has kept them off the overall podium.

Until now that is. The 18 year-old Benjamin sailed a flawless race for an outright win to raise him one place to third while his younger but equally competitive brother Jonatan posted a fifth to stay fifth.

'The conditions here today were just like they are in Hungary,' said Benjamin who with Jonatan comes from Balatonalmadi where he sails for the Balafontured Yacht Club on Lake Balaton.

'We sail on a small lake where the wind is usually very shifty – it is hard to read the shifts but you have to keep a close eye on the water.

So will the Laser Radial Youth World Championships come down to a battle of the Hungarian Vadnai brothers? 'No,' says Jonatan categorically.

Benjamin Vadnai (HUN) - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

'We are happy if either of us is doing well and I shall be very happy if Benjamin wins. We are good but there are a lot of very good sailors here so we will be happy if one of us comes in the top three.'

Chasing the Vadnais paid dividends for British sailor Nik Froud who recorded his best result of the regatta with a third place. The 18 year-old student used to live in Oman until 2011 and paid for the trip back from the wages he earns as a part-time delivery driver for a supermarket chain.

'If the world championships hadn’t been in Oman I wouldn’t have bothered but I learned to sail in these waters. I saw the first group of sailors come through Oman Sail and now I am seeing it host the World Championships which is impressive. If they carry on their youth programme like they are, it won’t be long before they produce an Olympic sailor.'

There was change in the Girls leaderboard too when Monika Mikkola from Finland, who is one of the most consistent performers of the week though yet to win a race, rose to the top. Her fourth podium place in seven races gave her a four point lead over Agata Barwinska from Poland and Celine Therese Herud of Norway who are tied in second on 27 points.

Monika (FIN) - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Monika, recently given Finland’s Youth Sailor of the Year Award, is already hatching a plan for the remaining four races working out what she needs to do to become Finland’s first female Laser Radial Youth World Champion.

'It was a tricky day – the wind was all over the place but I managed a second. It would be nice to win a race. It is really tight at the top but my plan to carry on doing what I’ve been doing because it seems to be working.

'It would mean the world to me to win these Championships. I love winning and it would be like a dream come true. I already had third and fourth in the ISAF Youth Worlds and Youth Europeans so it would make a great start to 2014 if I won.'

Anja Hamerlitz (CRO) - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Day 4 action on the water - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Laser Radial Youth Women Overall Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankCountrySailNoFleetFirst NameLast NameSexR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1stFIN203033 MonikaMikkolaF5.
2ndPOL202449 AgataBarwinskaF(14.0)
3rdNOR203660 Celine ThereseHerudF1.05.04.0(18.0)
4thNOR204337 Line FlemHostF12.
6thCRO198482 AnjaHamerlitzF11.
7thTUR201987 EcemJuzelF(15.0)
8thNED203186 JudithEngbertsF7.08.06.0(15.0)
9thNED204280 MaximeJonkerF10.010.0(19.0)
10thSIN180824 JillianLeeF6.014.017.0(20.0)
11thTHA190935 KamolwanChanyimF(16.0)
12thNED203184 DewiCouvertF13.
13thGBR202470 EllieCumpstyF(22.0)
14thRUS190357 EkaterinaMorgunF17.0(20.0)
17thGBR206470 RhiannonMasseyF(24.0)
18thTUR201912 DenizDagdelenF4.09.0(25.0)
19thGER191896 PiaKuhlmannF(23.0)
20thJPN184010 MidoriTadaF18.
21stALG190640 Imen OuneyssaCherif SahraouiF8.
23rdSUI199429 AndreaNordquistF(29.0 DNC)29.0 DNC14.
25thGER201886 NadineEdingerF(29.0 UFD)
26thIND138437 Meaghanaa BadrinathTathaF25.019.0(26.0)
27thQAT184894U17EmanAbu YousefF21.023.0(27.0)
28thQAT184920U17MaryamAl SulaitiF26.027.028.0(29.0 DNF)
 Laser Radial Youth MenOverallSailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 51, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankCountrySailNoFleetFirst NameLast NameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1stSUI199430 SebastienSchneiter4.
3rdHUN204922 BenjaminVadnai11.
4thBEL202990 Williamde Smet1.
7thNZL201519 TrentRippey20.011.0(21.0)
9thSIN197850 JevynOng9.022.011.0(39.0)
10thRUS195737 DmitryTretyakov(40.0)
13thGBR201173 AnthonyParke28.025.017.0(32.0)
15thJPN196487 AoHiguchi10. DSQ)7.037.0157.0105.0
16thSWE203884 MarcusMagnusson19.0(33.0)
17thBEL202975 KevinBonnevie29.
18thJPN202620 koichirosugiyama3.
19thNZL199225 MatthewKempkers23.
20thGBR201827 NikFroud8.06.029.0(52.0 DNC)
21stDEN201659 MikkelKorsby(32.0)
22ndGRE197382U17GeorgeKantinis36.019.0(52.0 RET)
23rdITA201850 DavideCuppone26.018.0(37.0)
25thBEL202641 MaxSlap42.
26thSLO200231 MaksVrsaaj47. RET)28.02.0187.0135.0
27thGBR204203 RossMackley7.026.0(35.0)
28thJPN202618 YuichiroKitamura15.0(42.0)
30thGER192977 JonasLietz21.
31stGBR205305 FreddieChiddicks16.
32ndITA197466 LucaRosetti(39.0)
33rdTUR193763 NogayDokmeci34.
35thGBR204019U17JamieCalder25. UFD)221.0169.0
36thSWE200066 SimonLundmark30.035.0(43.0)
39thUAE202505U17Abdullah SaeedAlmuhairi46.030.048.0(52.0 DNC)
43rdTUR161912 InancHaliloglu45.
44thSIN197423U17Tse Howe AmosLim37. DNC)275.0223.0
46thGER200054 MichaelSteffenhagen14.044.044.0(48.0)
48thGRE196397U17ErrikosStathis22.041.0(52.0 DNC) DNC49.0304.0252.0
49thKUW189641 SalemQaly(52.0 RET)
50thALG190664 RafikMehdi49. RET)37.045.0327.0275.0
51stQAT184893 FarisAl Bakri50.048.045.0(52.0 DNC)
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Racing in the 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships continues through to Friday with two races scheduled each day.

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