NEW ZEALAND AND USA WIN YOUTH WORLDS GOLD MEDALS WITH A RACE TO GO
The penultimate day of the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships in Gdynia, Poland saw the 420 gold medals decided ahead of Friday's final races.
Double celebrations in the 420 fleets tonight after Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan (NZL) and Madeline Hawkins/Yumi Yoshiyasu (USA) sealed the deal in the Boy's and Girl's division with just one race remaining.
All the teams have to do on Friday in their final race is stay out of trouble and avoid a non-discardable disqualification or penalty. The way all three teams have been sailing this week, it's unlikely any will faulter at the final hurdle and make such a mistake.
The Girl's 420 perpetual RYA Trophy will head to the USA for the third consecutive year after Hawkins and Yoshiyasu picked up from where Carmen and Emma Cowles left off.
Consistency was king for the Americas and going into Friday their lead stands at 22-points. As their highest score is a seventh, they cannot be caught so will walk away as champions.
"We were crying on the way in," the pair said enthusiastically, "We're really happy. We're just going to go out tomorrow and have a solid race but it doesn't matter because gold is wrapped up."
They recorded a fourth and a fifth from their two races which was in their game plan. Hawkins commented, "Honestly we were going out there with a mindset to get top seven finishes. That's all we really needed. We just made sure we could chip off boats and weren't getting stressed about not being in first or being in 15th. We wanted to be as consistent as possible."
That steadiness paid off as their rivals had up and down days. The race for silver and bronze will be fierce on Friday as teams from Spain, Germany, Portugal and Argentina are all in contention.
As one of the leading returning teams from the 2018 edition of the Championships, Menzies and McGlashan were touted as potential gold medallists in the Boy's 420 and they lived up to the billing.
Sitting on 26 points, their discard is a ninth which means that Martin Wizner and Pedro Ameneiro (ESP) cannot catch them on the race course. Only a non-discardable scoreline would see gold slip away.
From the day's two races, the Kiwis sailed their worst day of the event with a 7-4 but those around them also had mixed days. A fight is on for the remaining podium positions. Teams from Spain, Israel, Italy, Great Britain, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, USA and Chile all have a chance to claim a medal.
The word consistency is one that is used often in sailing but is an apt word as keeping a consistent scoreline can reap rewards.
Racing is scheduled to commence at the earlier time of 10:40 on Friday 19 July as the 2019 Youth Sailing World Championships concludes.
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About the Youth Worlds
Taking place rom 13-20 July in Gdynia, Poland, more than 400 sailors from 66 nations are racing on boats supplied by Ovington Boats (Boy's and Girl's 29er), Nautivela (Boy's and Girl's 420), Laser Performance / Maclaren (Boy's and Girl's Laser Radial) and Nacra Sailing (Mixed Nacra 15). The RS:X racers are sailing on their own equipment for 2019. Even to make it to the Youth Worlds is an achievement in itself with only one nation represented in each fleet.