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2019 Youth Match Racing World Championship at Gubernskiy Yacht Club - Days 1 & 2

by Natalia Saltanova 15 Aug 12:58 BST 12-17 August 2019
2019 Youth Match Racing World Championship © Event Media

The Australian team became the leader after the first racing day of the Youth Match Racing World Championship. The crew won five races out of five. After them comes the British team that lost only one race out of seven. Then comes the Polish crew which lost just one race out of five.

It was a good racing day, - said Anna Deyanova, Course representative. - the wind started from six knots and up to seventeen knots, so we were able to complete twelve flights (three matches each) and two matches of the thirteen flight. All teams behaved professionally, so we can say that they are really strong.

Tom Grimes, skipper of the Australian team

Today it's been really challenging and really shifty and a lot of teams have been struggling to find the shift in every race but we've just been trying to keep it really simple. I think we are doing our best, however all teams at the World Championship are really strong, just exactly as we expected. None of the races was easy. I just really enjoyed racing today, although usually we are sailing in Sydney harbor which is really choppy and we sail different boats. By the way, the boats here are much better than they look in photos, they are very good and well balanced.

Matt Whitfield, skipper of the British crew:
The day was really good. We won all the races except the last one. We just kept it simple, we made sure that we were coming in to the line with full speed, were looking where the wind was going to come from and just sailing fast. It is too early to say which team is the strongest, because all of them are doing their best. I'm really enjoying this competition, sailing is good, plenty of races done, nice wind. And I'm really impressed that Russia differs from what I know. So I'm really enjoying it.

Mateusz Golaszewski, team of Poland:
Today we won four races out of five. It was pretty nice weather conditions. I hope, we will take a good place in the Round-Robin after the first day. I think we should just keep pushing and be focused simply to sail on like we did today.

Results after Day 1:

Nick Egnot-Johnson, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron / Team KNOTS (NZL) - 3 wins of 6 races
Matt Whitfield, Penarth YC / Dragon Racing Team (GBR) - 6 of 7
Måns Holmberg, Holmberg Racing Team (SWE) - 3 of 7
Tom Grimes, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Team (AUS) - 5 of 5
Aurelien Pierroz, Société des Régates du Havre Team (FRA) - 4 of 6
Rocco Attili, RBYS Racing Team (ITA) - 4 of 7
Jeppe Borch, Borch Racing Team (DEN) - 4 of 6
Jack Parkin, Riverside Yacht Club, Stanford Sailing Team (USA) - 4 of 7
Mark Abdrakipov, MyWind Team (RUS) - 1 of 7
Igor Tarasiuk, HRM Racing Youth Team (POL) - 4 of 5
Kodai Mutsuda, Kobe University Team (JPN) - 0 of 6
Jakub Halouzka, Team CZE Zdenek Dybal (CZE) - 0 of 7

Second day of the Youth Match Racing World Championship - new leaders

By the end of the second day of the Youth Match Racing World Championship the Australian team stays in the lead but new leaders appeared: Denmark and New Zealand teams are taking second and third places and the Polish team takes the fourth one. The 1st Round Robin is completed meaning each team has raced each other team once.

Flavio Naveira (ARG), Chief umpire

Today was a very long day, but very productive, because we did a lot of racing. We have a lot of different kinds of winds and also rain. The competitors showed a lot of improvement compared to yesterday when it was the first day. Today we finished the first Round Robin and started the second Round Robin. After racing we were invited by the OA to a city tour, so we had some rest. If we have wind, we will continue tomorrow the second Round Robin.

As to the organization - there were the usual things that happen like collisions, damages, but everything was solved quite fast.

Jeppe Borch, skipper of the Danish team

It was quite an exciting day. We beat some of the top teams (the #1 team from yesterday) in a tough race against them. We've just managed to get ahead of them at the finish line but there was a loud commotion going on for sure. My crew members are very emotional and they go from happy to angry very fast... that's just something we have to work on as a team.

The technical team, the Organizers and volunteers had been very helpful and replied really fast every time we needed some help with something because our Russian is not very good.

Igor Tarasiuk, skipper of the Polish team

So today we won four races and lost two, it is not perfect sailing but we are happy about this score, we finished the first round robin in 4th position, it is good. But we will have a lot of races tomorrow, the other teams are very strong, so we will try to do our best.

Results after Day 2: (first Round Robin completed)

1. Tom Grimes, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Team (AUS) - 10 of 11
2. Jeppe Borch, Borch Racing Team (DEN) - 8 of 11
3. Nick Egnot-Johnson, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron / Team KNOTS (NZL) - 8 wins of 11 races
4. Igor Tarasiuk, HRM Racing Youth Team (POL) - 8 of 11
5. Jack Parkin, Riverside Yacht Club, Stanford Sailing Team (USA) - 7 of 11
6. Matt Whitfield, Penarth YC / Dragon Racing Team (GBR) - 7 of 11
7. Rocco Attili, RBYS Racing Team (ITA) - 5 of 11
8. Aurelien Pierroz, Société des Régates du Havre Team (FRA) - 5 of 11
9. Måns Holmberg, Holmberg Racing Team (SWE) - 4 of 11
10. Mark Abdrakipov, MyWind Team (RUS) - 3 of 11
11. Jakub Halouzka, Team CZE Zdenek Dybal (CZE) - 1 of 11
12. Kodai Mutsuda, Kobe University Team (JPN) - 0 of 11

The second Round Robin has started right after the first one and Race committee managed to complete two flights. The crews of Australia, New Zealand and USA strengthened their positions, adding two more wins to their score. Races of the second round-robin will be continued on August 15th and 16th.

The Youth Match Racing World Championship is held in Gubernskiy Yacht Club KOMATEK, Ekaterinburg from 12th to 17th of August 2019.

Participants are from New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, Australia, France, Italy, Denmark, USA, Poland, Japan, Czech Republic and Russia.

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