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Youth Worlds : The Nations Trophy was won by Australia with boy’s Laser Radial sailor Alistair Young leading the charge

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The final day of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships produced some tense finishes as medal places were mixed about on the waters of Langkawi, Malaysia. The gold medal in the boy’s Laser Radial and 420 were already decided, with some of the sailors in other fleets knowing they had a medal, just not what colour it would be. There were also some who had a medal in their grasp, but just couldn’t quite hold on at the last.

Laser Radial

The top three in the girl’s Laser Radial finished as it started on the final day as Hungary’s Maria Erdi claimed a well-earned gold followed by Germany’s Hannah Anderssohn and Poland’s Magdalena Kwasna.

By finishing fourth ahead of her nearest rivals, Erdi was able to do what was required to stay in front and keep her first place in the regatta, but it wasn’t as easy as it sounds as Erdi explained,

"I’m very happy, but it was really tricky today. I was worried because I had a bad race yesterday, but I got a good start and I could control the fleet.

"I was third at the upward mark and then I could keep my place. I think I finished fourth but I don’t even remember, I just knew I was in a good position.”

She was certainly in a good position as Germany’s Anderssohn finished behind her in sixth place to seal silver.

Losing her second spot to Anderssohn the previous day, Poland’s Kwasna fell further behind as she finished the regatta with a ninth place to leave her on 41 points. That ninth was enough to stop her sliding any further down as in second place on the day was Uruguay’s Dolores Moreira Fraschini who finished just three points behind the German.

The last bullet of the regatta went to Spain’s Silvia Morales Gonzalez.

In the boy’s Laser Radial Australia’s Alistair Young knew there was no one that could knock him from the top of tree as he had already wrapped up the title the day before.

So with the weight off his shoulders, Young had the day to enjoy the Langkawi waters. With the night to think about his win, Young still couldn’t believe it saying,

"Words can’t describe it still, but it is sinking in. I was pretty relaxed and it was nice because I was so stressed in all the other races and I knew in this one I could just sail around.”

His ’sail around’ meant a 15th place finish which he discarded to finish the regatta on 32 points.

Meanwhile a race for silver and bronze was on. Great Britain’s Daniel Whiteley and New Zealand’s George Gautrey trailed USA’s Nicholas Baird and Finland’s Oskari Muhonen In fourth and fifth respectively and knew they were in with a shot of the podium spots.

A fourth place moved Gautrey in to silver medal position as others around him were not quite grasping on to a medal tight enough. Gautrey benefitted from some high score finishes by his rivals to end the regatta on 52 points.

Great Britain’s Daniel Whiteley was the big mover of the day as he also took advantage of some high finishes when his bullet jumped him in to bronze medal position at the expense of Baird and Muhonen. Whiteley finished on 58 points, two clear of Baird on 60 points.

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List of Winners

420 Boys

  • Gold – Will Logue and Bram Brakman (USA)
  • Silver - Leonardo Lombardi and Rodrigo Luz (BRA)
  • Bronze – Douglas Elmes and Colin O’Sullivan (IRL)

420 Girls

  • Gold – Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik (POL)
  • Silver – Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith (AUS)
  • Bronze – Maria Caba and Carla Diaz (ESP)

29er Boys

  • Gold - Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar (SLO)
  • Silver – Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot Johnson (NZL)
  • Bronze – Tomas Mathisen and Mads Mathisen (NOR)

29er Girls

  • Gold – Sirre Kronlof and Veera Hokka (FIN)
  • Silver – Laerke Graversen and Iben Nielsby Christensen (DEN)
  • Bronze – Greta Stewart and Kate Stewart (NZL)


  • Gold – Louis Flament and Charles Dorange (FRA)
  • Silver – Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf (AUS)
  • Bronze – Tamryn Lindsay and William McKenzie (NZL)

Laser Radial Boys

  • Gold – Alistair Young (AUS)
  • Silver – George Gautrey (NZL)
  • Bronze – Daniel Whiteley (GBR)

Laser Radial Girls

  • Gold – Maria Erdi (HUN)
  • Silver – Hannah Anderssohn (GER)
  • Bronze – Magdalena Kwasna (POL)

RS:X Boys

  • Gold – Titouan le Bosq (FRA)
  • Silver – Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG)
  • Bronze – Brenno Francioli (BRA)

RS:X Girls

  • Gold - Stefania Elfutina (RUS)
  • Silver - Emma Wilson (GBR)
  • Bronze – Xian Ting Huang (CHN)

Nations Trophy

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. France

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