Great start on day one at the ISAF Youth Worlds
Yachting New Zealanders
16 JUL 2013
NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team: Great start on day one at the ISAF Youth Worlds
New Zealand has representative in five of the eight classes racing, and after day one all the kiwis are laying inside the top nine with Isaac McHardie and Micah Wilkinson leading the SL16 multihull fleet.
Over 350 from 61 nations took to the water on the opening day of the regatta with all the kiwi crews sailing at least two races through the afternoon on a hot day in Cyprus. Temperatures soared to 30 plus and the steady afternoon sea breeze averaged around 15 knots, with some sailors on the water until close to 9pm in the evening.
YNZ Talent Development Manager, Ian Neely is in Cyprus with the team, and is happy with how things went today; “The first day is a hard day to get right at this event, all the team did well.”
“The aim was not to lose the regatta on the first day and just be close to the game, which everyone achieved. We are all happy and ready to focus again on the small things tomorrow”.
New Zealand’s representatives in the SL16 multihull Isaac McHardie and Micah Wilkinson returned a dream start to the series with two race wins and one 2nd place in their three races where they’re up against 14 other international crews.
Isaac says; “It is good to have started racing and to have a good day on the water, there is a long way to go yet, so consistency is key.”
“It was a solid day,” adds Micah who crews with Isaac at the helm.
Olivia Mackay and Abby Goodwin are the next best placed of the kiwi team in 4th overall in the girl’s 420 class sailing three races on day one. With 27 boats in the fleet the New Zealand pair will be pleased with their opening day where they finished 10th, 6th and 6th to give them 22 points.
Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson, in the 29er skiff are lying 5th after day one in the 29-strong fleet. They sailed three races in which they placed 6th, 8th and 6th giving them 20 points just one adrift of the Aussie crew in 4th.
Sailing in the largest of the fleets Andrew McKenzie is up against 55 of the world’s best youth single-handed sailors sailing the Radial rigged Laser. Andrew opened with a 24th then followed that with a 2nd place to hold 9th overall at this early stage in the series.
Racing resumes tomorrow for day two of the five day regatta.
2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World
NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team standings after day one
9thAndrew McKenzie (Kohimarama Yacht Club) – Laser Radial
Ian Neely, Jim Maloney and Karin Adelinger
The regatta schedule:
Saturday 13th July: Registration and equipment allocation
Sunday 14th July: Training day and practice racing
Monday 15th – Friday 19th July: Competition Racing (no rest day)