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NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team Day Two

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17 July 2013

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team day two: All lying top six at the ISAF Youth Worlds

The 2013 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team have returned more solid results from day two of the Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships on now in Limassol, Cyprus.

The New Zealand crews are now all within the top six of their respective fleets with Isaac McHardie (Hamilton Yacht Club) and Micah Wilkinson (Ngaroto Sailing Club) still leading the SL16 event and Sam Barnett  and Zak Merton (pictured above) (Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club) improving to 3rd overall in the boy’s 420.

Day two highlights video here. 

Ian Neely reports; “It’s been another long and tough day with the breeze up and down. The whole team is still in the hunt but it is early days yet. The team is in good spirits and ready for another day tomorrow.”

Isaac and Micah have now opened up a nine point leading margin in the SL16 multihull fleet after adding a 5th, a win and a 2nd to their points tally today. There are 15 boats on the race track and the kiwi boys, with three wins and two 2nds over the first two days, have positioned themselves as the most consistent crew.  

“We were fast and consistent… it was another solid day for us,” say Isaac and Micah who both started sailing in the Waikato.  

New Zealand improved in both the boy’s 420 and the boy’s Laser Radial. Sam Barnett  and Zak Merton (Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club) sailed three races today and have climbed from 6th to 3rd overall in the boy’s 420. Opening with two 2nd places their third race was their worst so far, yet they discard the 23rd and move up the ranks.

For Andrew McKenzie (Kohimarama Yacht Club) in the Laser Radial he also improves, from 9th up to 6th, despite mixed results today in Cyprus. He placed 14th, 27th and 3rd in his three races.

Our 29er skiff sailors Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson (Wakatere Boating Club) took their first race win today and are now laying 5th overall. They were 6th and 7th in today’s other two races and are now eyeing the crews just ahead close on points.

Meanwhile Olivia Mackay and Abby Goodwin (Napier Sailing Club) dip to 6th in the girl’s 420 standings. After an 11th and a 5th on the water on day two.

Racing resumes tomorrow for day three of the five day regatta.

2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team standings after day two

1st  Isaac McHardie (Hamilton Yacht Club) and Micah Wilkinson (Ngaroto Sailing Club) – SL16 Multihul

6th  Andrew McKenzie (Kohimarama Yacht Club) – Laser Radia

3rd  Sam Barnett  and Zak Merton (Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club) – Boy’s 42

6th  Olivia Mackay and Abby Goodwin (Napier Sailing Club) – Girl’s 42

5th Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson (Wakatere Boating Club) – 29e

Team support

Ian Neely, Jim Maloney and Karin Adelinger

The regatta schedule:

Saturday 13th July: Registration and equipment allocatio

Sunday 14th July: Training day and practice racin

Monday 15th – Friday 19th July: Competition Racing (no rest day)


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