MB Sailors oh-so-close at Sanya Youth Worlds
Posted by David Stanton on 15/12/2017 :: News Category 2017
The 2017 World Youth Championship wrapped up today in Sanya, China. Heading in to the day, just two sailors in the NZL team had a realistic chance of medals - Annabelle Rennie-Younger was in 5th place in the Laser Radial, just 3 points off bronze. And having moved around between 1st and 5th place throughout the competition, Josh Armit was also in 5th, 5 points off bronze position.
The light tricky conditions of the week continued, and unfortunately it was not to be. Annabelle scored 12th today, for a 11,4,dsq,5,14,19,3,4,12 series, finishing on 72 points, just 3 points off the bronze medal in the 40 boat fleet. Gold and Silver went down to the wire, with USA and Uruguay tied on 43 points.
In the boys Laser Radial, Josh Armit got off to a flying start with 2 wins in the first 3 races. His series of 1,14,1,14,20,4,13,10,8 earned him 65 point, 5 points off bronze. Maor Ben Hrosh (Israel) won, without winning a single race in the 51 boat fleet.
Josh Armit - 5th in Boys Laser Radial
Annabelle Rennie-Younger - 5th in Girls Laser Radial
Also in the top 10 in their classes were Greta Stewart (MBSC) and Henry Haslett(MBSC) in the Nacra 15. They improved as the series progressed and they got more used to big fleet catamaran sailing, getting a race win and two seconds late in the series, finishing 6th overall. In the boys 29er, Seb Lardies and Scott McKenzie from Kohimaramara Yacht Club recorded two race wins and a couple of other great races, finishing 8th overall.
Full results are here.
And Youth Worlds facebook here.
Fantastic effort by all these sailors throughout this year, congratulations on these excellent results.
Greta Stewart & Henry Haslett - 6th in Nacra15
Xanthe Copeland & Annabel Cave - 21st in the Girls 420