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RS Aero Youth World Championship at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Day 4

by RS Aero International Class Association 28 Jul 2022 21:19 BST 25-29 July 2022

Day 4 of the RS Aero Youth Worlds saw a steady 14kns from a stable easterly direction - perfect conditions for 4 races to catch up on being 1 short from the day before. This give a last chance for the chasing pack to make their move up the rankings before the final two races on Friday.

Once again Tom Ahlheid (GBR) defended his RS Aero 5 lead with a solid 8,2,5,4 to go into the final day ahead. The key mover in the fleet today was Sam Blaker (GBR) winning the day with 2,4,1,1 to jump to 2nd and in touch with the lead. With the 2nd discard David Peaty (GBR) was pleased to throw out his 2nd U-flag to get back to 4th, just a few points behind Jonathan Bailey (GBR) in 3rd. Abby Hire (GBR) had another good day after a slow start with 19,3,4,3 to step up again, now in 5th overall.

When asked the secret of his improved performance Sam's comment was "Hike!" - not giving much away going into the final day! Dylan Williams (USA) enjoyed the increased breeze again after yesterday and was more forthcoming; "It was nice the wind was enough to hike again, but without it being too much work to keep the boat flat!"

The top 3 continued to dominate the podium in the RS Aero 7s with two wins going to Vejas Strelciunas (LTU) and one to Tim Hire (GBR). There are now just 3 points between Tim and Alastair Brown (GRB) for 2nd place overall, going into the final day.

A tired Sam Brackley (GBR) confirmed that today was a day for boat speed and effort; "In 14kns it was vital to put in the effort today to unleash that extra pace - my thighs are now burning!"

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