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2006 Youth Worlds Underway

2006 Youth Worlds Underway

Date Released: 15 July 2006
From: Jodie Perkins

Youth Worlds Day One

Racing is underway in the 35th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Weymouth, England. New Zealand is represented by a ten member team made up of five girls and five boys competing in seven classes.

Three races were sailed in each of the seven classes with clear skies and variable south easterly breezes in Weymouth.

The top kiwi performance on day one was from Boy's 420 pair Jason Saunders and Bruce Kennedy. The Tauranga pair is in 6th place after recording a 14th, 7th and 2nd in racing overnight.

"Jason and Bruce won the practice race fair and square," says Marty Watson, Yachting New Zealand's High Performance and Youth Director who is in Weymouth. "They were in striking distance of a win in race three and I think we're yet to see the best from these two."

Also starting well was Kohimarama board sailor Scott Davies who holds 8th place after solid results from the first day. 17 year old Davies, who is sailing in a 28 strong fleet in the Boy's RS:X, placed 9th, 5th and 7th.

Similarly, Justina Sellers competing in the Girl's RS:X had a solid start with a 7th, a 6th and a 15th to put her in 9th place overall at the conclusion of the first day.

Full results and more information is available on the regatta website through the link below.

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team 2006
Current Placings After Three Races

Matt Coutts - Laser - 13th
Cushla Hume-Merry - Laser Radial - 20th
Jason Saunders & Bruce Kennedy - Boy's 420 - 6th
Sarah Berry & Emma Berry - Girl's 420 - 24th
Rory Godman & Kelly Godman - Hobie - 12th
Scott Davies - Boy's RS:X - 8th
Justina Sellers - Girl's RS:X - 9th

Principal sponsor of the team is the NZL Yachting Trust. Supporting sponsors include NZAS, ASB Bank, the Southern Trust and Line 7.

[ Regatta Website ]

ENDS

[ Yachting New Zealand site click here ]

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