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Radial Youth Europeans – Wind returned to Balaton on Day 4

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Wind decided to return to Balaton lake today, where three new races were played on the fourth day of competition at the 2018 Laser Radial Youth European Championships. 207 sailors between 15-19 years old and coming from 31 countries are being part of this major event in Hungary.

Radial Youth Europeans – Wind returned to Balaton on Day 4 – Girls results

Dutch sailor Annabelle Westerhof NED (4-1-2-3-44) is leading the girls competition, followed by Croatian Karmen Perkovic CRO (9-3-5-2-12). Third place overall and first U17 is for Polish sailor Marcelina Korszon POL (32-13-1-8-1).

Fourth and fifth places overall are being held by Italian sailors Matilda Talluri ITA (7-10-18-7-3) and Lucia Nicolini ITA (1-18-16-11-2) respectively.

Shai Kakon ISR and Elizaveta Borovkova RUS and  are ranked second and third on U16 championship, 7th and 14th overall respectively.

Radial Youth Europeans – Wind returned to Balaton on Day 4 – Boys results

Italian sailors Guido Gallinaro ITA (1-4-1-1-8) and Andrea Crisi ITA (3-1-1-6-55) are leading boy’s championship overall with 7 and 11 points, followed by Russian Kirill Tereshkin RUS with 20.

Draw in 22 units are coming then Marcelo Cairo ESP and Felix Baudet SUI in 4th and 5th overall respectively.

Polish sailor Michal Krasodomski POL is first U17 and 10th overall with 34 points, followed by Mikolaj Silny POL (56 pt) and Thomas Westerhof NED (62 pt).

Bence Fluck, head of organization, declared that is was a good decision to move the start of the third race from 11 to 10 am. At 10 am the Eastern wind was stable. Its strength was around 6-8 knots. All races started with black flag, and the organizers had no time to wait as much between the starts as planned. At the end of the third race the wind started weakening, so the course had to be shortened.

This way the Qualifying races ended today. Tomorrow fleets will be divided in gold and silver for the Final series.

In the next two days the races will start at 10 am. According to the weather forecast tomorrow the wind is going to be Western and 20-25 km/h strong.

A few weeks ago the lake was still covered with ice, but nowadays the air is warm, and the water is getting warmer as well. Normally spring weather brings strong winds to Hungary, but not this year.

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Full results here.

Report by Agustín Argüelles – EurILCA | Source: 2018 Radial Youth’s press release | Photo: Gabor Cserta / Spartacus VSE.

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