Primed for action in Saint Petersburg
The 103 competitors from 21 different nations are measured, registered and ready to race at the RS:X Youth World Championships which are taking place over the next five days in Saint Petersburg, Russia. With racing taking place in one of the worlds most iconic cities, providing a stunning backdrop to the racing over the next week, the event will prove itself to be unique to all of those taking part in what is the first major RS:X event to take place in Russia.
Amongst the entry list are a number of champions and these RS:X Youth World Championships will represent a tough competition for those taking part. Defending champions will be pushed hard and new faces will be looking to make their mark.
In the girls fleet, Yana Reznikova representing the home nation of Russia will be looking to go one further after receiving the silver medal at last month’s Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships in Poland. Reznikova was narrowly beaten by Israel’s Linoy Geva at that event but silver there for Reznikova was an improvement on the bronze medal she secured a year earlier at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Fellow Israeli and reigning RS:X Youth Europeans Champion and Naama Gazit will also be looking to take charge in the RS:X girls fleet.
Another consistent medallist who will be looking to continue her form is France’s Heloise Macquaert, having secured bronze at both the RS:X Youth European Championships and at the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships.
In the boys fleet, it is Fabien Pianazza (FRA) who has been the sailor to beat all season having won gold at RS:X Youth Europeans and the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships. Pianazza is also the reigning Youth World Champion having displayed dominance over the past 12 months – Pianazza is looking to defend his title and extend his unbeaten run.
Challenging Pianazza for the title will be Italy’s Nicolo Renna who has pushed the Frenchman in both of 2019’s major events and has collected silver medals in the RS:X Youth Europeans and the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships. Liam Segev from Israel has also had a good run of form recently and is a contender for the podium.
Over the course of the week, there are 12 fleet races scheduled from Tuesday 6th through to Friday 9th – leading into the medal races on Saturday 10th where the top ten will race for the podium spots. In the past we have seen medals decided prior to the medal races, mostly through consistent racing and dominant on water displays – but this compact World Championship is likely to produce some intense battles right to the end.
Event Website : www.rsxclass.org/youthworlds2019
Text : RS:X Class