Light Winds Challenge The Leaders At The RS:X Youth Worlds
A maximum breeze of 10 knots yesterday put some new faces in contention at the front of the youth men's groups. Thomas Goyard (FRA) and Michalis Malekkides (CYP) head the fleet but with poor results from yesterday both will have to hold their nerve, stay consistent and put some work in if they want to stay ahead of the chasing pack.
In that pack, Amir Galili (ISR) yesterday posted a bullet and first, Arkadiusz Brzozowski (POL) reversed that with a third in the first race followed by a bullet and Arnaud Billet (FRA) did almost as well with a fourth and a first. These results kept the guys in the hunt and with light winds again for today and tomorrow they are hoping to keep moving up the leader board.
Thomas though, still leads the fleet four points ahead of Michalis and both will be looking forward to Friday when 30 knot winds are expected.
Sam Sills (GBR), last years Techno World champion, is showing form. He had a consistent day yesterday with a third and two fourths. With a points total of 18, he is tied with two others just three points off fifth place overall so there's all to play for in the face off for minor places on the podium or close to the bottom step.
Izzy Hamilton (GBR), recovered from a poor first race of the day, a sixteenth, to take the gun on the second. She is not overly happy in the light stuff so may well need to use up some of her seven point lead over the next two days. Friday on the other hand will give her a major opportunity to make up for any damage done.
Hanna Zembrzuska (POL) holds second. A bullet in the first race put her in with a real chance of closing the gap on Hamilton but she 'blew it' in the second with a fifteenth.
The light air specialists must take full advantage of the Wednesday and Thursday to push home their attack Hamilton's points lead if they are going to stand any chance of surviving the conditions forecast for Friday and have a podium finish.