Lu Yunxiu: China enters high-performance windsurfing

Kieran Martin and Lu Yunxiu are the new 2013 RS:X Youth world champions. The British and the Chinese windsurfers have tasted gold in Limassol, Cyprus.


Martin has not finished outside the top four once all week and deservedly takes the RS:X Boys gold medal, whilst Yunxiu's consistency proved decisive as she took her nations first ever ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal in the RS:X Girls.

Breeze and waves spoilt the sailors once again as the Mediterranean Sea and wind offered up 16 knots with gusts up to 25 knots reported on the race course.

"I'm so happy man. I couldn't believe it after the last race, it took me a while and then I jumped into the water, and that's when it hit me – I've won it, I've won it", expressed Kieran Martin.

Sitting in second, 20 points behind Martin, is Ukraine's Oleksandr Tugaryev. The Ukrainian has won five races but ultimately he could not match Martin's consistency to keep him at bay.

Nonetheless with 23 points separating him and fourth place he is guaranteed a medal. The fight for bronze is on with Radoslaw Furmanski (POL), Ignacio Berengeur and Maayan Rafic all able to take the final podium spot.

China's Yinxiu has an unquestionable eight point lead in the RS:X Girls and takes her country's first ever ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal. Yinxiu was near perfect on the penultimate day picking up a 2-1-1 scoreline. With a race to go Yinxiu discards a sixth place meaning Marta Maggetti cannot catch her.

The ISAF Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus will be the 43rd edition of the championship.