Youth Worlds. It’s A Highly Competitive World Out There

pic by Robert Hajduk/World Sailing

by Richard Crockett

Coming from small fleets in this country it’s never easy to change gear and quickly get into the mind set of big fleet racing. That’s the reality for our RSA sailors, yet they are managing, but have yet to set the fleet alight.

Yesterdays winds were stronger than the first day, steady in the 8 – 14 knot range, permitting multiple races across all fleets.

Best of the locals was Cullen Keytel, although his first race of the day was a shocker as he ended in 47th place. He pulled himself together after that, improving to a 32nd and then an 11th to finish 27th overall.

Liam Gunning & Stephanie Goodyer shook off the bitter disappointment of being at the tail of the fleet after 3 races on day one to improve in two races, with a 13th being their best, to move up to 19th overall.

Having started well on day 1, Isabella Wright was simply unable to get it together and had three consistent races finishing 41; 39; 40, dropping her down to 38th overall.

While probably not the results any of them were wanting, it is the bigger picture and learning experience that really counts, and which will stand them in good stead in years to come should any of them choose to further their sailing careers on the international circuit.

Results HERE