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McLay moves up into 4th at ISAF Youth Worlds

ISAF Youth Worlds Day Two
Date Released: 18 July 2005
From: Jodie Perkins

McLay moves up into 4th at ISAF Youth Worlds

Two races were completed on day two of the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Busan Korea. Blair McLay moved two places up the leader board into 4th.

Yachting New Zealand 2005 Youth Team
Day Two Standings

Laser - Blair McLay - Torbay Sailing Club - 4th (44pts)
Laser Radial - Olivia Powrie - Kohimarama Yacht Club - 15th (75 pts)
420 Boys - Peter Burling & Bruce Kennedy - Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club - 14th (81pts)
420 Girls - Georgina Hill & Michelle Kennedy - Kohimarama Yacht Club - 18th (78pts)
Mistral Board Boys - Antonio Cozzolino - Kohimarama Yacht Club - 17th (80 pts)
Mistral Board Girls - Steffanie Williams - Kohimarama Yacht Club - 13th (58pts)
Hobie 16 - Rory & Kelly Godman - Burkes St Leonard Yacht Club, Dunedin - 11th (51pts)

McLay recorded his second race win of the regatta yesterday moving him up the scoreboard from 6th position into 4th in the 36 strong Laser fleet. Olivia Powrie sits just inside the top half of the Laser Radial fleet.

“McLay sailed a nice first race to take another win,” says Paul Page, Team Manager. “Olivia started the second race well leading to the top mark, only to drop some places on the first run after the whole fleet fell into a hole and a new breeze came in. In three to seven knots of breeze the Lasers struggled to put a consistent day together, each having one good race and one bad.”

Rutger van Schaardenburg of the Netherlands leads the Lasers five points ahead of Royce Weber (USA) 2nd place. Paige Railey of the USA is dominating in the Radials having three wins and two 2nd placings on the board she is 25 points clear of 2nd.

Peter Burling and Bruce Kennedy have dropped two places at the end of the second day of racing but remain inside the top half of the 420 Boys in 14th. The Japanese representatives have a nine point lead. Georgina Hill and Michelle Kennedy recorded a 15th and a 17th and retain their overall position in 18th in the 420 Girls. French Girls Lumeau and Bossard are clear leaders with one third place tarnishing their winning streak.
“The kiwi 420 girls were involved in a protest in the first race with an alleged early start but were reinstated into the race after winning the protest against the Spanish. Both our 420’s struggled to get off the start line strongly and incurred two average races as a result,” says Page.

Rory and Kelly Godman were unable to improve their overall place at the tail end of the Hobies after a torn sail disaster meant two unfinished races on the first day. They placed 10th in both of yesterdays races. Australia holds the lead over France and Italy in the 11 boat fleet.

Antonio Cozzolino slips to 17th overall in the Mistral Boys while Steffanie Williams is 13th. “The best performance for the boardies yesterday was Williams’s improvement with her upwind sailing,” says Page. “She was in the top group upwind only to fade towards the end of the races but the performance gives good encouragement for future competition.”

Racing resumes today with a lay day scheduled for tomorrow.

Principle sponsor of the team is NZL Yachting Trust. Further support from NZAOS, The Southern Trust, ASB Bank, Line 7 and Endeavour Eyewear is also greatly appreciated.

ENDS

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