Youth Olympic Sailors Play To The Crowd On Opening Race Day
The four Techno 293 and Byte CII fleets played to a crowd of 2,000
at the Youth Olympic Games as racing commenced on Lake Jinniu in Nanjing,
Sailing tickets have completely sold out for the Youth Olympic Sailing
Competition and with a full view of Race Area A the crowd witnessed three
Techno 293 Boys and Girls races and a single Byte CII race towards the end of
In a north east breeze blowing between 5-6 knots the Techno 293 completed
their schedule with Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG) leading the boys and
Lucie Pianazza (FRA) in charge in the girls.
The Byte CII fleets started the day on Race Area B with a tricky breeze
making life difficult for the Race Committee. They managed to complete one
race before moving to Race Area A following the windsurfers completing their
schedule. Nonetheless two out of three scheduled races were completed and
Pedro Correa (BRA) tops the tree in the male fleet whilst Alexandra Dahlberg
(FIN) has the advantage in the girls.
Techno 293 Boys
Argentina's Francisco Saubidet Birkner was the stand out performer of the day
in the Techno 293 fleet as he notched up two bullets and a sixth to take the
Dutch racer Lars van Someren opened the day up by taking the first bullet in
front of 2,000 paying spectators. With clean air in his sail he led Brazil's
Daniel Pereira and never looked threatened as the race played out, "It was quite good. At the
start I was the only one who found the right shift which put me quite far
ahead of everybody so the rest of the race was a sail to the finish.”
If sailing at the Youth Olympic Games wasn't an amazing experience in its own
right, a sell-out spectator stand increased the 'wow factor' just a little
bit more, "It's like
the first time there's a crowd in our windsurfing,” said van
Someren. "The stand
is like packed full. It's a lot of fun. It's amazing. We sailed by after the
race and everybody was cheering and everything. I saw my dad jumping up and
Van Someren came through with a fourth in the second race but fell to tenth
in the third and final race of the day. Saubidet Birkner holds top spot on
eight points with Japan's Kensei Ikeda second on 12 points. Van Someren is
third on 15 points.
here for Techno 293 Boys Results.
Techno 293 Girls
Consistency was key on the Techno 293 race course and France's Lucie Pianazza
was the steadiest performer on the track.
Pianazza leads on nine points and explained her day, "It was a little difficult but
I was second for the first race and then third and fourth. The wind is
difficult to see but I think that I did the best day I could do.”
Ahead of their races the girls checked in with the crowd giving them smiles
and waves and Pianazza thoroughly enjoyed playing to the spectators, "There was a lot of people. It
was wonderful and it is really great to see everyone. I sailed just in front of
them and it was really good. It's a very impressive organisation and it's
great with all the bonds between the sailors. There were a lot of people to
see sailing and it's a very big event.”
The crowd had something to cheer about on the final race of the day as host
nation sailor Linli Wu claimed the final bullet of the day. The Chinese
sailor took a fourth and a seventh in the races prior and sits second
overall. Russia's Mariam Sekhposyan is in third, tied on 12 points with the
here for the Techno 293 Girls Results.
Byte CII Girls
The biggest smile in the Girls Byte CII fleet came from Finland's Alexandra
Dahberg and with good reason as well. The Finnish sailor took a pair of
bullets and with a smile from ear to ear she was visibly delighted with the
day, "I did pretty
well, better than I expected with two wins so I couldn't be any happier,” giggled
the Finnish racer. "It
was really successful today. My speed was great and I had good tactics so it
just went well together.
"Tomorrow is totally
new and I am going to take everything to zero and just do my best.”
On the Youth Olympic Games Dahlberg added, "It's been amazing; the place is amazing and the people and everything.
It's a good experience. The Opening Ceremony was awesome, it was spectacular.
I like that there are people all around the world in different sports. It's
totally different and new experience.”
Singapore's Samantha Yom is second overall on seven points with The
Netherlands Odile van Aanholt sitting third.
here for the Byte CII Girls Results.
Byte CII Boys
Pedro Correa (BRA) was strong in the light breeze and opened up the
competition with a race victory. A fourth followed in the second race and he has
a one point advantage over Malaysia's Asri Azman.
"It was quite
difficult because we had shifty wind and light wind and the starts were not
easy,” explained Correa. "I was always in the top five in the first race and then I saw a big
gust and then I went to that and got distance and then it was just stay at
the front until the finish.
"I did pretty well
today but I can't be happy and I need to stay focused because there are a lot
Asri Azman (MAS) took the second race victory and is a point behind in
second. Peru's Angello Giuria is third overall.
here for Byte CII Boys Results.
Racing resumes on Tuesday 19 August at 11:00 local time with three races
scheduled for the Byte CII fleets and two for the Techno 293 fleets.
The four YOG Sailing events are:
Boy's Windsurfer - Techno 293
Girl's Windsurfer - Techno 293
Boy's One Person Dinghy - Byte CII
Girl's One Persona Dinghy - Byte CII
The YOG Sailing Competition will consist of an opening series and final race.
The format will be fleet racing but slalom racing may be run for the Boy's
and Girl's Windsurfers if the weather conditions are suitable.
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