LASER RACING – The leading sailors at the 2013 Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Oman 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.
The leading sailors at the 2013 Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Oman 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.
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.”
Racing at this sailing ‘paradise’ aka as the 2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships continues through to Friday with two races scheduled each day. Follow the action live on the event website http://omanlaserworlds2013.com/eng/index.php where a live blog will keep you up to date on all the latest developments.
For Overall Results: http://omanlaserworlds2013.com/eng/championship.php?id=25