Dun Laoghaire (IRELAND) – 10 August 2021
Blue skies and high hopes were prevalent in Dun Laoghaire today as day two of the ILCA4 Youth World Championships got underway. As competitors were preparing for lighter winds and the possibility of shifty conditions across Dublin Bay the race team were busy planning on how to optimise the course for the day that lay ahead.
Principal Race Officer Con Murphy did an excellent job to get a full complement of racing in for both the boys and girls divisions today. Con and high highly tuned race team managed the racing with the upmost professionalism and worked tirelessly to give competitors the best racing opportunity in the challenging conditions. The lighter breeze of 8-10 kts started the day at 2450 and backed around through to 1500 as the day progressed. A late finish for the boy’s class was necessary this evening but ensuring races are completed in the qualifying series is key and the single discards in the qualifying series applied as the Boys and Girls results were published.
In the Boys division Joan Ravie (ESP) showed real class to secure two first place finishes and moved to top of the leader board. In the Girls division Petra Marednic (CRO) clinched an important race win in the second race to move into first place overnight. The reining ILCA 4 Girls European Champion and leader form yesterday Annemijn Algra (NED) slipped to 6th demonstrating just how challenging conditions were and how podium finishes were difficult even for the best.
Overall leaders after day 2:
Boys; 1st Joan Ravie (ESP), 2nd Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) & 3rd Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP).
Girls; 1st Petra Marednic (CRO), 2nd Emma Mattivi (ITA) & 3rd Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP).
Top Irish Boys: Archie Daly (52nd), Rocco Wright (53rd) & James Dwyer (55th).
Top Irish Girls: Anna O’Connor (36th), Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty (37th) & Megan O’Sullivan (56th)
The last day of the 3-day qualifying series is tomorrow and competitors will be pushing hard to ensure they put themselves in contention for the business end of the regatta as the finale series is sailed over the following three days.