Light Wind Plagues Lake Jinniu
Lake Jinniu was plagued with little to no wind on the fourth day
of competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with no racing possible.
With light winds forecasted ahead of the day the hard working race committee
were always facing an uphill battle and a long wait on the water for anything
to materialise. With the wind not playing ball the decision to cancel the day
was made at 13:15 local time.
The leader boards from the day prior remain the same with China's Linli Wu
topping the billing in the Girl's Techno 293 with Russia's Maxim Tokarev atop
of the pack in the boy's division.
In the Boy's Byte CII fleet Bernie Chin has a narrow advantage over Brazil's
Pedro Correa with Odile Van Aanholt (NED) still in control in the Girl's Byte
Many of the sailors are covered in transferable removable tattoos featuring
Nanjinglele, the loveable multi coloured mascot of the Youth Olympic Games,
but aiming for something a little different the day prior was Latvia's Ketija
Birzule. To add to sparkling diamond earrings the Latvian had a diamond
transfer near her right eye. The reason? "So I can shine on the race course. I made it yesterday when I was
walking to do some exercises.”
Different nationalities are mixing in the boat park, sharing stories, having
a bit of banter and making the most of the experience, "It's so much fun because
there are lots of people from other countries and we can speak together in
English all the time,” added Birzule. "I'm really happy that I can start and race
against everyone because they're all really good and it's a really good
The whole YOG experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the 15-16
year old sailors who get to stay in the Youth Olympic Village, make new
friends and engage in cultural programmes.
Another fascinating aspect of the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition is that
tickets to watch the action on Lake Jinniu have sold out for every day of the
competition. Like the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, where 5,000
tickets sold out, the spectator stand has been abuzz for the competition and
Papua New Guinea's Teariki Numa has loved it, "This is like the second time I've had people
watching me and it's a great experience to be out there and showing people
what we can do.
"It's a pleasure to
be here and this sort of thing only comes once in your life and we are lucky
to be here at the second Youth Olympic Games. The Youth Olympic Village is
like the best place and living in the village is pretty big, only the lucky
people live there.”
As an emerging nation athlete Numa is hoping to inspire his compatriots to
grow the sport in his country, "We
have around 30 people sailing. It is not really big in Papua New Guinea but
we are starting to develop a bit. Next year we are going to host the Pacific
Games and we are developing sailing by building new clubs and inspiring
people to start sailing. I think me coming here will show people you can make
it and that anything is possible.”
And his future plans, "I just want to fight my way up, win something and show my people I can
Racing is scheduled to resume at 11:00 local time on Friday 22 August with
three races scheduled across all four 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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