Young in touching distance of podium at halfway stage

Written by 26th February 2020 Featured-post, World Championships

Ali Young © Jon West

EVENT: Laser Radial Worlds (23-28 February 2020)

VENUE: Sandringham, Melbourne, Australia

HEADLINES:

  • Radials manage to sail three races after poor conditions over the first three days
  • Southerly 18-20 knot wind for first two races dropping to 16 knots for the third and final race of the day
  • Big day for Ali Young (pictured above) who moves up in to fourth overall
  • A strong scorecard of 2,4,5 continues the Briton’s climb up the rankings

EVENT: RS:X Worlds (25-29 February 2020)

VENUE: Sorrento, Australia

HEADLINES:

  • Second day of the Worlds finishes with men’s fleets splitting in to gold and silver
  • Women’s fleet continue as one
  • All fleets complete scheduled three races
  • Another southerly wind for all fleets – 17-20 knots throughout racing
  • Emma Wilson (pictured below) has another steady day with three top ten finishes to sit fifth overall
  • Tom Squires (pictured below) in 12th with a 5,6,7
  • Scotland’s Andy Brown moves up a place to 17th overall
  • Kieran Martin misses out on gold fleet sitting in 39th overall

Emma Wilson © Caitlin Baxter

WHAT THEY SAID:

Ali Young (32, Bewdley, Worcs), Laser Radial:

“It was a tough day. Very breezy. Do I favour those conditions? Well at the moment I don’t know. I wasn’t in standout form today. I just kept at it. I feel I didn’t really get fully dialled in to the shifts going on.”

Emma Wilson (20, Christchurch, Dorset), RS:X women:

“Another three top ten’s today so I’m pretty happy. Everyone is pretty nervous when it’s super windy but when we actually went out it wasn’t that bad. It was fun windy rather than survival mode and I had good speed.”

Tom Squires (26, Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire), RS:X men:

“Today for me was pretty average. I was struggling a bit for pace and the other guys seem to be really quick. I feel emotionally and physically drained right now. Today were my conditions and I didn’t seize the opportunity. It’s so hard to even get a top five in the split fleet. I’m disappointed with where I think I am and should be.”

Andy Brown (20, Glasgow, Scotland), RS:X men:

“It was a solid day. I did what I needed to do to get into gold fleet in a good position moving forward. It was a lot breezier and usually the bigger guys are a lot quicker than me in these conditions but I am happy with how I did. I think I had a good high mode.”

RESULTS:

RS:X results can be found here

Radial results can be found here

Follow the British Sailing Team’s progress at www.britishsailingteam.com and on our social media channels.

Tom Squires © Caitlin Baxter