2008 RS:X Youth World Championships

At 1100hrs racing started in a shifty 8 knots of breeze. Both Thiseas Kambas (GRE3) and Leung Ho Tsun (HKG2) the top two on the leader board put in a bad one finishing in the high teens.

Mateusz Hoppe (POL41) who has not been on sparkling form to date benefited by taking the gun with Songkram Singsart (THA4) taking second place and Michalis Malekkides (CYP9) 3rd.

Life was not looking if it was about to improve for Thiseas when in the second race of the day he rounded the top mark deep in the fleet just behind Chang Hao (TPE8). However the wind gods were about to play their hand. A new breeze lifted them onto the plane. Before the middle of the last down wind, they had both passed 15 others.

Thiseas was smiling with some relief when he hit the shore, knowing that he could drop the first race now that the discard has kicked in and his 9th in the second would let him retain his position at the top of the leader board and his two point cushion.

Chang moves up a place overall to 4th thanks to his blast on the last downwind but has lost ground in his battle with Liran Moshe Machlev (ISR111) who now moves up to third overall thanks to his consistency  and his third place in race 6.

The last race in the boys’ Youth World Championship will be a medal race for the top 10. Oliver Tom Schliemann (GER1001) who has now dropped out of the top 10 thanks to a disasterous day on the water (26th & 18th) has also used the last throw of the dice. He sought redress against the Race Committee saying that conditions were not suitable for racing. His witnessses had also all had an awful first race.

Result… No dice.. He will have to do something special the light air forecast for tomorrow!

SOURCE: RS:X