Youth Team Pressing Hard As World Championships Reach Business End
by Australian Sailing - David Sygall
Australian crews remain in contention for a medal in two classes as we enter the second half of the Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.
Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone managed to hold on to second place in the 420 Boys despite their weakest results of the regatta and are six net points behind the leaders.
Nacra 15 pair Shannon and Jayden Dalton also had a tough day, but are in fourth place eight net points away from the leading team.
Among those to improve on their overnight positions were Jasmin Galbraith and Chloe Fisher in the 29er Girls, Elyse Ainsworth in the Laser Radial Girls and Laser Radial Boys sailor Caelin Winchcombe, who had a win in race six but is still paying the price for a disqualification in race one.
Coach Tristan Brown said the Australian Youth Team was in good spirits after sailing last night and are keen to execute the lessons they have learnt so far.
“We are seeing improvements in each sailor as they tackle the shifty conditions and get off the start line with good speed and a good lane,” he said.
“Finding the consistency is still the goal but they have all had a good race and continue to build their skills.
“With just over half the regatta sailed, the ability to continue their routines, and race hard tomorrow, in the two or three races can give them all the opportunity to improve their overall scores.
“The team are having fun and buying into the Chinese culture with some of them having enough courage to give the Karaoke a go. I am not sure we have any budding singers in the group!”
A crucial day of sailing will unfold today.
Otto/Romë 420 Sailing Team | WAIS (Rome only) - 2nd Overall
Laura Harding & Eleanor Grimshaw | Victorian Institute of Sport - 13th Overall
Shannon and Jayden Dalton | Inside WAIS - 4th Overall
Caelin Winchcombe | WAIS - 8th Overall
Elyse Ainsworth Sailing | WAIS - 7th Overall
Alex Halank Aus2001 Windsurfing | NSWIS - 22nd Overall