USA TAKES OUT BOYS AND GIRLS 420 CLASS GOLD MEDALS AT YOUTH WORLDS
The racing portion of the 48th Youth Sailing World Championships wrapped up this afternoon, Friday 20 July, with the final three gold medalists determined.
Carmen and Emma Cowles of the U.S.A successfully defended the gold medal they won last year in the Girls' 420 Class to wrap up a sweep of the 420 classes for the U.S.A. JC Hermus and Walter Henry won the Boys' Class yesterday.
The Cowles twins posted seven first-place finishes and a fourth in their scoreline to win with the low score of 11 points, good for a 13-point margin over silver medalists Vita Heathcote and Emilia Boyle of Great Britain. The bronze medal was won by French pair Violette Dorange and Camille Orion.
"Basically, we've adhered to the KISS principle-keep it simple, stupid," said Emma Cowles, the crew. "We've just kept to our routine; eat similar things, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water. Keeping the same routine keeps us focused."
It is the first time in 14 years that a Girls' 420 crew has won back-to-back gold medals and the Cowles did it in dominating fashion, often finishing well ahead of the chasing pack. In 16 races between the two regattas the Cowles have won 10 races and placed second five times.
They were very matter of fact upon returning to shore, barely showing emotion. But the sisters did relate that their coach, Steve Keen, hopped in the boat and gave them a big hug before they took a celebratory swim in Corpus Christi Bay.
"We're happy to be known as repeat champions but, to keep getting better, we have to keep an even keel to keep moving forward," said Carmen Cowles.
420 Girls - Top 10 Overall
1. Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles (USA) - 11 pts
2. Vita Heathcote/Emilia Boyle (GBR) - 24 pts
3. Violette Dorange/Camille Orion (FRA) - 30 pts
4. Julia Minana Delhom/Silvia Sebastia Borso di Carminati (ESP) - 30 pts
5. Giorgia Sinigoi/Sara Zuppin (ITA) - 39 pts
6. Solene Mariani/Maude Schmid (SUI) - 48 pts
7. Marina da Fonte/Marina Arndt (BRA) - 67 pts
8. Theresa Steinlein/Lina Plettner (GER) - 71 pts
9. Antonia Kustera/Maris Basic (CRO) - 73 pts
10. Begum Boke/Zeynep Kocyigit (TUR) - 83 pts
In the Boys' 420 Class, Americans Hermus and Henry won the gold medal on the strength of five consecutive race wins. Australians Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone won the silver medal and Poland's Kacper Paszek and Bartek Reiter the bronze medal.
420 Boys - Top 10 Overall
1. Joseph Hermus/Walter Henry (USA) - 15 pts
2. Otto Henry/Rome Featherstone (AUS) - 29 pts
3. Kacper Paszek/Bartek Reiter (POL) - 38 pts
4. Atl Api/Oguz Er (TUR) - 48 pts
5. Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan (NZL) - 57 pts
6. Achille Casco/Elliot Schick (SUI) - 57 pts
7. Tal Sade/Noam Homri (ISR) - 57 pts
8. Conrad Konitzer/Fernando Rodriguez Calvet (ESP) - 59 pts
9. Manuel Fortunato/Frederico Baptista (POR) - 76 pts
10. Kristian Lenkmann/Philip Hall (GER) - 77 pts
The 48th Youth Sailing World Championships drew to a close this evening with the presentation of the medals at the Closing Ceremony, with presentation of medals and prizes.Both winning 420 crews were honoured with trophies as well as medals.
The Youth Sailing World Championship Trophy was presented to Americans JC Hermus and Walter Henry, gold medalists in the Boys' 420 Class.
The RYA Trophy was presented to American twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles, gold medalists in the Girls' 420 Class.
The final trophy, the Nations Trophy was presented to the U.S. Youth Worlds Team for winning gold in four classes and silver in a fifth (Girls' 29er Class). The U.S. team finished with the low score of 28 points. New Zealand was second with 59 points, followed by Italy with 62 points.
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About the Youth Worlds
The Youth Worlds was first held in Sweden in 1971. The 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships will be the 48th edition of the championship.
As the regatta evolved further classes were added to bring the best young sailing talent across the world together in one place and in 1984 the Mistral windsurfer was added to the list of events with Knut Budig (GER) taking the first gold medal in San Diego, California.
Past notable winners include American's Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Iain Jensen (AUS), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Amelie Lux (GER), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Iain Percy (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Elise Rechichi (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson (AUS); Volvo Ocean Race sailors like Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN).