Tavira Provides Perfect Recipe For Opening ISAF Youth Worlds Race Day
Sunshine, steady breeze and great racing provided the perfect recipe for the opening day of competitive action at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal.
After a slightly calm morning the breeze kicked in mid-afternoon allowing a full complement of races across the eight events.
The 367 sailors from 67 nations were spoilt by the Portuguese conditions with a breeze that varied between 12-15 knots coming in consistently from a south westerly direction.
The RS:X fleets headed out to the race course late in the day and got their first start in at 16:38 local time and enjoyed the early evening breeze.
Imogen Sills (GBR) holds the lead in the RS:X Girls fleet following a second, a first and a discarded eighth and her surname is a common one in ISAF Youth Worlds.
The Sills family name has been present at ISAF Youth World regattas since 2010. Samuel Sills, RS:X Boys racer, finished eighth in 2010 and sixth in 2011. One year later his sister Saskia won gold in the RS:X Girls fleet before finishing sixth in 2013. For the fifth consecutive year there is a Sills amongst the pack and Imogen is the twin sister of former winner Saskia.
Trailing Imogen Sills is Russia’s Stefaniya Elfutina and China’s Shi Hongmei.
In the RS:X Boys Yael Paz (ISR) and Evgenii Aivazian (RUS) are tied for the lead on three points. Both have a 1-2 to their name with the Israeli discarding a fifth and the Russian losing an 18th. Mattia Camboni (ITA) took the days other race victory and is third overall, two points of the leading duo.