BRITISH SUCCESS AT 1ST RS:X YOUTH WORLDS, SOPOT, POLAND
Richard Hamilton GBR 75 and Elliot Carney GBR 274 rose to the challenge presented by a tough international field at the recent RS:X Youth Worlds, Sopot, Poland (29-7-07 to 5-8-07).
This was the very first Class Youth Worlds for the RS:X.
The competition was run to the new Olympic format with the final day being the medal race for the top ten sailors. from a fleet which consisted of 114 sailors from 12 different countries and three continents..
Richard & Elliot did very well in the medal race coming in fourth & third respectively which resulted in an overall 2nd place podium finish for Richard & a 6th place for Ellliot.
RS:X Youth Titles Decided
The RS:X fleet in Sopot
©Sopot RS:X Youth Worlds
RS:X Youth World Championships 2007
In beautiful, windy weather the final races in Sopot, Poland brought the first-ever RS:X Youth World Championship to a conclusion. The Medal Races brought a dramatic end to the week-long battle in Sopot.
The main contenders for the World title were the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion Pierre LE COQ (FRA), Christian FREIMUELLER(GER) and the British sailor Richard HAMILTON. After a thrilling final run, where the best amongst the main contenders for gold was HAMILTON (fourth place), the final classification changed. The new RS:X Youth World Champion is FREIMUELLER, in front of HAMILTON and LE COQ, who finished the Medal Race eighth, losing second place by just one point to HAMILTON.
The Medal Race in the women’s category turned out very well for Maja DZIARNOWSKA(POL), who outclassed her rivals and finished with a bullet to take second overall. However, DZIARNOWSKA’s Medal Race win was not enough for her to overhaul Moana DELLE(GER), who won the Youth World title, with another German Regina STADLER taking the bronze.
In the Under 21 category everything was already decided, with the Polish duo of Malgorzata BIALECKAand Lukasz GRODZICKIalready having a large enough advantage over their competitors to ensure first place in their category.