Youth Worlds : The Nations Trophy was won by Australia with boy’s Laser Radial sailor Alistair Young leading the charge
Monday 4 January 2016 –
There were twists and turns in the girl’s 29er as the last race caused a shake-up at the top. However, it was Finland’s Sirre Kronlof and Veera Hokka who were celebrating at the end.
The Finnish team used up their drop in the final race, finishing 15th but it was enough to take home gold. Back ashore it was down to Kronlof to put in to words what the win meant saying,
"Awesome. I can’t say anything. I don’t know. The last race was so tight, so tight. There was so much pressure on but we managed it.
"It was light winds today and all week we have been in strong winds. We knew before we started that the Spanish are really good in light winds so we were worried.”
Going in to the final race, just three points separated the top three of Finland, Spain and Denmark with New Zealand waiting to pounce in fourth, eight points further back.
As the opportunity arose, Greta and Kate Stewart (NZL) duly pounced, taking fourth to leave them on 57 points. A nervous wait followed as they watched where their rivals were. A few skiffs crossed the line and the Kiwis chances were suddenly becoming a reality and as soon as the 13th, 14th and 15th placed boats finished the mathematical calculations commenced.
The Finnish team came through in 15th and discarded the score, leaving them on 53 points. Next home were Spain’s Carla and Marta Munte Carrasco who had to carry their score due to a retirement earlier in the regatta. They held 58 points. Denmark’s Laerke Graversen and Iben Nielsby Christensen came through in 15th, which they discarded, and they were forced to count their 12th from the third race to put them on 57 points. This left Kronlof and and Hokka celebrating gold, the Danes in silver and the Stewart sisters in bronze due to countback.
With the Spanish out of the medals, what did Kronlof think caused the drop? "I think the pressure got to them also. They knew they had to beat us by two or three places.”
Switching places after the final race of the boy’s 29er were Slovenia’s Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar and New Zealand’s Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot Johnson.
The New Zealanders held an overnight lead of three points over Janezic and Podlogar so the Slovenians had to put some daylight between their rivals to get the gold. They managed it.
Explaining the last race, Janezic said,
"Our first upwind was not as we planned and we were behind a lot. But then in the upwind we caught them. As we rounded the gate we were in front but we knew we had to be four places ahead and luckily we caught some shifts and we finished in front.”
The Slovenians finished in seventh leaving them on 46 points overall. The Kiwi team were five places behind in 12th as they concluded the regatta on 48 points. Janezic and Podlogar had done it. They had won the gold.
So how did it feel to win? "This is our first time that we have won a championship or any big event like this and its amazing. It definitely makes up for the fourth places.”
The fourth places he talks about are the finishes the pair got in both the World and European Championships but at the premier youth sailing regatta they broke their drought.
In in the battle for bronze it was Norway’s Tomas and Mads Mathisen who picked up the medal despite a 20th place finish.
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List of Winners
- Gold – Will Logue and Bram Brakman (USA)
- Silver - Leonardo Lombardi and Rodrigo Luz (BRA)
- Bronze – Douglas Elmes and Colin O’Sullivan (IRL)
- Gold – Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik (POL)
- Silver – Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith (AUS)
- Bronze – Maria Caba and Carla Diaz (ESP)
- Gold - Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar (SLO)
- Silver – Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot Johnson (NZL)
- Bronze – Tomas Mathisen and Mads Mathisen (NOR)
- 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)
- Gold – Titouan le Bosq (FRA)
- Silver – Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG)
- Bronze – Brenno Francioli (BRA)
- Gold - Stefania Elfutina (RUS)
- Silver - Emma Wilson (GBR)
- Bronze – Xian Ting Huang (CHN)
- New Zealand
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