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Sailing: Girls on top on day two of the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships

April 7, 2010

Girls ruled the waves on day two of the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships as they picked up no less than five of the six race wins in the 420 and RS:X classes.

Izzy-Hamilton-3With conditions perfect for sailing the 320 male and female competitors took to the water in six different classes at Weymouth and Portland. Racing kicked off for the U21s in the Laser Standard class, the full series of three races took place in the Laser Radial, Spitfire, 420 and RS:X classes, and four races in the 29ers.

The wind dropped slightly in the afternoon leaving choppy conditions for the three 420 Girls crews which included Amy Seabright/Hermione Stanley, Anna Burnet/Flora Stewart and Joanna Freeman/Hannah Mitchell.

Day one leaders Mike Wood and Hugh Brayshaw maintained their good form dropping very few points to keep them top in the standings. Tim Gratton and Ed Riley finished the day in second, with the pairing of Seabright and Stanley claiming third spot.

Mike Wood commented, “It was quite tricky today, the waves were quite big and we ended up with pretty light winds. It was a pretty difficult day to stay consistent and keep the low scores coming in.”

“The girls obviously had a good day today – ladies day I think so it’s pretty tight out there in the 420 at the moment.”

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In the Spitfire contest Adam Butler and Nikki Boniface continued their faultless record with another three firsts on their second day of racing. Behind them in second place lies Rupert White and his crew Michael Conlon, with Andrew Sinclair and Benedict Harrison in third.

In the Girls RS:X class Izzy Hamilton performed well, winning her last two races and keeping her place as the top girl for the second day running.

There was a change in standings in the Laser Radials Girls competition as Sophie McKeeman posted a 9,2, 12 to overtake both Rheanna Pavey and Hannah Tilley and move into first place.

Today the action will have a Royal spectator as HRH the Princess Royal visits the event.

After day two the Principal Race Officer David Campbell James said, “The race teams have done a great job again today but we’re expecting some slightly more tricky conditions tomorrow with the wind swinging round to the North and dropping quite a bit – it’ll be a test for competitors as they race in front of tomorrow’s royal audience.”

At this year’s event GPS tracking has been set up to enable live animation of some of the courses each day. To watch the action click here.

Rachel Stansfield, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Paul Wyeth/RYA

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