From 1-7 July 2018, Steir Beach Penmarch, France welcomes the younger generation of RS:X Class at the 2018 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships.
Serious racing got underway on Tuesday at the RS:X Youth World Championships with the additional pressure of the qualification round. Although the young sailors have been training in sunshine and sea breeze all week, today they experienced chilly, classic Brittany weather with a deluge of rain and wind from the southwest, oscillating between 8 and 12 knots.
Although the conditions weren’t particularly glamorous, they allowed the competition to get well under way and complete three races for both the girls’ and boys’ fleets.
For the French team, the day went very well for the boys. French sailors currently dominate the leaderboard in first, second, third, and also 5th and 6th place. A young racer from Lorient, Yun Pouliquen, is leading the regatta as of this evening.
In the girls’ fleet, the young Italian Georgia Speciale dominated the day with three first place finishes. Unfortunately, she was disqualified in the first race for being over the starting line too early, which relegated her to 12th place overall.
Yesterday, on Wednesday, there was another solid day of racing with all 130 sailors completing three races. Although the wind from the southwest was a little lighter today than yesterday (6-10 knots), the sun made a grand appearance to lift everyone’s spirits.
In the boys’ fleet, the French team is still well in the game and occupying the leaderboard, but keeping an eye on the Italians and Israelis who are also placing consistently well.
Fabien Pianazza from south France is at the head of the boys’ fleet today with a third and two first place finishes. On the girls’ side, Georgia Speciale is in first place, but with Israeli Naama Gazit, who knew how best to exploit the gusts and oscillations, nipping at her heels.
After two days of the qualification round, the racers will move to the final series tomorrow. In the boys’ fleet, the first 49 sailors have qualified to compete in the gold fleet, and the remaining 46 will compete in the silver fleet. The girls, 35 in the fleet, will continue as single fleet until the Medal Race scheduled for Saturday.