The 131 entrants for the U17 category were divided into two fleets, Yellow and Blue, and were the first to go out and attack the day’s competition. The course for the 74 in the U13 category was a little shorter, leaving a neutral zone between U17s and U13s to avoid any risk of clashing/crashing.
With 4 rounds of racing done, all the racers were able to discard their worst score from the day’s action.
After the discards, in the U17 fleet, Italy’s Manuel De Felice (CN Monte di Procida) was in the lead ahead of Poland’s Piotr Trella (Miejski Klub Zeglarsky Arka Gdynia, 1,3,1,5). Behind them in third place, Italy’s Alessandro Guernieri (Circolo della Vela Arco, 2-2-2-4).
In the U13s group, Poland’s Josef Krasowski (Sail & Ski Klub Warszawa, 3-2-1-1) has already established a challenging lead, with a top 3 finish in every race. Italy’s Matteo Attolico (Ligue navale italienne Procida, 10-3- 5- 2) is lying in second place just ahead of compatriot Juan De Nardo (CN Monte de Procida/Italie, 15-1-2-9).
" It’s the first time I’ve raced in Italy, I’m really happy to be here”, the verdict of American Benjamin Mohram, "yesterday the wind was way too strong, today is much more like it ! I really love sailing these kind of seas, much more calm than back home. Totally different to the conditions I’m used to in America. Competing against all these people from different countries, I’m learning such a lot and there’s a really cool atmosphere !”
« Today’s conditions were excellent and the wind was perfect for racing” according to Alix Briane, back in the port later on, one of the best placed of the big French team present. « It was great to find myself on the start line with so many other racers. I’m not expecting to finish on the podium, I’m here to enjoy myself and learn !”
The weather forecast for the next two days is for moderate winds. After two more rounds of racing the U17 fleet will be split in two, with the top 65 going on to compete for the Gold Fleet World Championship honours, while the other 66 will compete for the “repechage” Silver Fleet prize.
The full rankings and all the event updates are available on the event website : https://worlds2021.openskiff.org/ and of course available via the official event app, which you can download from Google Play or App Store. Where you can also check out the video of the day, interviews and the event photo gallery.