Laser Radial Youth Worlds - Pressure rises in Oman

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At the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Oman, the leading sailors bid a fond farewell to the old year by raising performance levels and cranking up pressure in the standings as the competition reached its' halfway point.

Another change in conditions, which saw a return to a lighter breeze but complicated by big wind shifts, required focus and a degree of luck but the addition of three new winners to the roll of honour reflected a fleet so closely matched, the competition remains wide open with three days of racing left.

Celine Therese (NOR) - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Just three points separate the top three girls with Celine Therese Herud from Norway ahead by a single point of Agata Barwinska from Poland and Monika Mikkola from Finland snapping at their heels.

None of them finished on the podium today and it was Singapore’s Jillian Lee who dominated the action with a win in Race 5 followed by a third place despite only switching to Laser Radials from the 420 two months ago having had a four month break from sailing.

But a fourth and fifth was enough to lift Herud above Barwinska who had to settle for two consecutive sevenths.

'It feels good but we are only half way through there is still a long way to go,' said the 17 year-old champion from Moss in Norway.

'It is really hard to maintain consistency in this fleet because it is so close and it is important to keep your head cool and clear and protect every point. It has given me the confidence to believe I could win but as I said there is a long way to go.'

Lee was very happy with her day on the race track having recorded a previous best in the first race of the regatta of sixth.

'The conditions were tricky because the shifts were so difficult to read and I was a bit lucky. In the first race. I found some good pressure on the right side of the course where the wind was moving very fast so I caught up a lot and moved up from 11th.'

Italy's Gianmarco Planchestainer maintains lead - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

The contest among the Boys is no less fraught with Italian Gianmarco Planchestainer and Sebastien Schneiter from Switzerland locked in a compelling duel marked by consistency and good tactics.

Last night Planchestainer, the 16 year-old from Lake Garda was before the jury after protesting Ao Higuchi from Japan following a port-starboard incident at the finish of Race 5. The Japanese sailor was subsequently disqualified handing Planchestainer another second – his fourth in six races.

His coach Andrea Patacca was full of praise for his young charge’s performances over the first three days.

'He is very good in these difficult tactical situations so this regatta is suiting him well,' said Patacca.

'He keeps a close eye on the entire race area and he recovers well when he is behind so he is doing well. He is a good sailor but it is too difficult to say whether he can win overall because there is still a very long way to go.'

There was an outright win for 15 year-old Jonatan Vadnai from Hungary who is now sitting in fifth place four points behind his elder brother Benjamin and a second victory for another 15 year-old Joan Cardona from Spain.

Cardona along with Britain’s Anthony Parke decided on the first leg to head to the right side of the course and tacked on the shift while the rest of the fleet went left. It was to prove an inspired and decisive move which gave them a convincing two minute advantage on the finish line.

The action on the water is proving popular on the social media networks around the globe. Throughout the championships, the organising committee have had a dedicated team covering the races and the results as they happen to keep followers fully informed. The live blog, especially popular among sailors’ families and friends has generated around 94,000 visits since the World Championships started back in November.

Oman Sail has also covered the event on its social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while YouTube has generated 20,941 views since the promo video was broadcast. Even the sailors are engaged: as Finnish sailor Monika Mikkola landed at Mussanah, she tweeted: 'This is a true sailors paradise' while Benjamin Wempe took several shots with his GoPro on the boat capturing imagery and also described Oman as a sailing 'paradise'.

Instagram screenshot Dutch sailor Benjamin - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships
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Finnish sailor Monika Mikkola tweet - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships
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Eman Abu Yousef - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships
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Sailors shape 2014 in celebration of the New Year - 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Laser Radial Youth Women Overall Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankCountrySailNoFleetFirst NameLast NameSexR1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett
1stNOR203660 Celine ThereseHerudF1.05.04.0(18.0)
2ndPOL202449 AgataBarwinskaF(14.0)
3rdFIN203033 MonikaMikkolaF5.
4thNOR204337 Line FlemHostF12.
6thSIN180824 JillianLeeF6.014.017.0(20.0)
7thNED203186 JudithEngbertsF7.08.06.0(15.0)
8thNED204280 MaximeJonkerF10.010.0(19.0)
9thTUR201987 EcemJuzelF(15.0)
10thCRO198482 AnjaHamerlitzF11.
11thTHA190935 KamolwanChanyimF(16.0)
13thRUS190357 EkaterinaMorgunF17.0(20.0)
15thNED203184 DewiCouvertF13.
16thGBR206470 RhiannonMasseyF(24.0)
17thGBR202470 EllieCumpstyF(22.0)
18thTUR201912 DenizDagdelenF4.09.0(25.0)
19thGER191896 PiaKuhlmannF(23.0)
20thJPN184010 MidoriTadaF18.0(21.0)
22ndALG190640 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)28.028.0166.0137.0
 Laser Radial Youth MenOverallSailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 51, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankCountrySailNoFleetFirst NameLast NameR1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett
2ndSUI199430 SebastienSchneiter4.
3rdBEL202990 Williamde Smet1.
4thHUN204922 BenjaminVadnai11.
7thJPN196487 AoHiguchi10.010.012.0(29.0)
8thNZL201519 TrentRippey20.011.0(21.0)
10thJPN202620 koichirosugiyama3.08.0(40.0)
12thGBR201173 AnthonyParke28.025.017.0(32.0)5.02.0109.077.0
14thRUS195737 DmitryTretyakov(40.0)
15thSIN197850 JevynOng9.022.011.0(39.0)7.031.0119.080.0
18thITA201850 DavideCuppone26.018.0(37.0)
19thBEL202641 MaxSlap42.
20thBEL202975 KevinBonnevie29.
21stNZL199225 MatthewKempkers23.
22ndGRE197382U17GeorgeKantinis36.019.0(52.0 RET)
23rdSWE203884 MarcusMagnusson19.0(33.0)
25thITA197466 LucaRosetti(39.0)
26thDEN201659 MikkelKorsby(32.0)
27thGBR204203 RossMackley7.026.0(35.0)
28thJPN202618 YuichiroKitamura15.0(42.0)
29thGBR205305 FreddieChiddicks16.
30thGBR201827 NikFroud8.06.029.0(52.0 DNC)31.048.0174.0122.0
31stGER192977 JonasLietz21.
33rdSLO200231 MaksVrsaaj47. RET)28.0185.0133.0
35thTUR193763 NogayDokmeci34.
36thSWE200066 SimonLundmark30.035.0(43.0)
39thTUR161912 InancHaliloglu45.
42ndSIN197423U17Tse Howe AmosLim37.
44thGER200054 MichaelSteffenhagen14.044.044.0(48.0)42.035.0227.0179.0
46thUAE202505U17Abdullah SaeedAlmuhairi46.030.048.0(52.0 DNC)19.043.0238.0186.0
48thGRE196397U17ErrikosStathis22.041.0(52.0 DNC) DNC256.0204.0
49thKUW189641 SalemQaly(52.0 RET)
50thALG190664 RafikMehdi49. RET)37.0282.0230.0
51stQAT184893 FarisAl Bakri50.048.045.0(52.0 DNC)49.040.0284.0232.0
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Racing at this sailing ‘paradise’ aka as the 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships continues through to Friday with two races scheduled each day.

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