Another day of sailing in the "emerald isle", named for it's beauty and greenery and also for its changing weather, cool, sunny, windy, slightly warm, rain, light wind, heavy clouds and this is all within 2 hours. Conditions bringing a whole new meaning to "if you don't like the weather wait a minute"!
There were 3 races on all courses today so we now have a drop in place. The wind ranged between 240 and 285 on the compass and velocity between 7kts and 18 kts, although the latter was for a very short time.
Topping the Canadian sailors was Violet Stafford with an 18 – 8 and 21 on the day. Violet is in 22nd overall but has been showing signs of good speed and recovery as in both her weaker races today she made great gains once she had settled down to her game plan. Hugh McRae had a 33 and a pair of 26's and is in 41 overall. Hugh is working on plan B for tomorrow to start climbing the leaderboard.
Frederique Tougas and Florence Pepin-Delhaes had an altercation with the 29er from Denmark in the first race with a port Starboard incident (the other guys fault and sustained some damage to their boat and rattled their gameplan, they had 22-25-22 on the day and are in 24th overall, After a trip to the Jury to make sure the other team was deemed responsible, they began plans for improvement tomorrow. Meanwhile also on the Black course Jean Sebastien Fougere who had a 19-24-28, he slips to 14th overall.
On the I420 course Max Flinn and Andrew Burns had a 26 – 9 and 18, seems all over the map in the scores but they remain in 18 overall. Meredith Megarry and Ali Tenhove had a 25-19 and 20 on the day and are in 20 overall
In some ways it has been a tough day but there was a great deal of learning done in all classes today. We now know where we stand at present and there is confidence that improvements can be made. All the fleets are tough as these sailors are the best for their country in every class so the level is very high we just have to keep working on fundamentals and pass one boat at a time!
Full results can be found at http://www.isafyouthworlds.com
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