Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Youth Worlds

Photos by Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race

Seven nations continue to occupy the seven top spots after a testing second day of racing at the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Buzios, Brazil.
After a frustrating day spent ashore as heavy winds forced the cancellation of all races yesterday, the 280 plus sailors from 60 nations returned to the Bay of Buzios this morning eager for competition. With the lay day scheduled for tomorrow, competitors had to balance the chance to push as hard as possible with staying tactically aware in the very tricky light wind conditions. Only two crews managed to hold on to their overall lead; although Great Britain, Singapore, New Zealand and France all still hold one top spot, joined now by Israel, Italy and the host nation Brazil

Tomorrow Volvo Ocean Race-winning skipper and five-time Olympic medallist Torben GRAEL (BRA) is set to arrive in Buzios and ahead of his arrival Brazil’s sailors performed strongly today. In particular it appears his daughter Martine GRAEL had read the script, as she and crew Kahena KUNZE followed up a seventh with a race win to jump to the top of the Girl’s 420 leaderboard. - http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/editions/2009/28914.php