After a foggy, windless Sunday, the 2018 Laser Radial Youth European Championships started with nice wind and sunshine.
210 sailors from 32 countries will compete for 6 days, in 12 races. Girls have one permanent group, while boys are separated into yellow and blue fleets. After 6 races they will be divided into Gold and Silver fleet, based on their rank.
Italian boys dominates the beginning of the 2018 Radial Youth Europeans
After 2 races are the Italian sailors Andrea Crisi ITA (3-1), Guido Gallinaro ITA (1-4) and Michael Amadori ITA (3-7) who hold the first 3 places at this 2018 Radial Youths.
Polish sailor Mikolaj Silny POL (4-7) heads the U17 championship with 11 points and ranked 4th overall, followed by Henrik Vaalavuo FIN (24-2) and Thomas Westerhof NED (21-6).
2018 Radial Youth Europeans – Girls results
Dutch sailor Annabelle Westerhof NED (4-1) is leading girl’s competition with 5 points, followed by Karmen Perkovic CRO (9-3) and Federica Cattarozzi ITA (5-7) with 12.
Girls U17 championship is headed by Russian sailor Elizaveta Borovkova RUS (12-2) in 4th place overall, followed by Julia Rogalska POL (13-5) and Shai Kakon ISR (3-21) in 8th and 11th respectively.
Today we didn’t have to wait or restart a race, the two races were finished quickly. “The field is surprisingly orderly. It is rare that all starts are valid, and only three competitors get UFD. They also are sailing by the rules, the Jury will have only a few cases. It is really good to see this! We suspected, that the wind will lower, which it didn’t, maybe the course could have been a little bit bigger. But still, it was a really good first day!”, said Szabolcs Majthényi, head of operations and 12 times World Champion.
156 boys and 54 girls participate of this competition in Balaton Lake, Hungary, where we’re expecting to have more races tomorrow so stay tune!