Cadet World Championship 2014
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain
The 'unseasonably blustery weather' (to paraphrase every weather-forecaster on radio and TV over the weekend) dished up a particularly excellent day for World Championship Cadet sailing at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Great Britain on Sunday.
Day 2 of the 2014 Cadet World Championship, sponsored by Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, dawned under leaden skies and the promised 25knt gusts were whipping around the dinghy park as the young sailors rigged their boats in anticipation of another exciting day on the water. However, a slight moderation in the conditions by the time the fleet launched meant that a course could be laid inside the harbour that made the most of the15-20knt westerly that had settled in for day.
For Race 3 the Race Officer went straight to the black flag and got the fleet away to a prompt start. With many going wide to either the left or right it was inevitable that a conservative course up the middle would pay, and sure enough the stars of the show so far, Thomas and Sophie Alexander (AUS), emerged from the pack with a clear lead at the windward mark. Hot on their heels were a select group of three - Nahuel Ponce and Lucas Pruden (ARG), Daisy and Hattie Collingridge (GBR) and Yasmin Galbraith and Matilda O'Donoghue (AUS).
Behind the top four the first 20 boats came round the mark nose-to-tail, everyone fighting for position on the reach to the outer loop. By the end of the run Alexander and Alexander had extended their lead, fellow Australians Louis Schofield and Peter Allen had flown down the run to steal second with the Collingridges from Great Britain hanging on to third.
Positions continued to change between the top boats around the final loop and when they got back to the top of the course for the final time the Argentinians were still in second place with space behind them. However, they then threw the podium wide-open again by capsizing near the bottom of the run allowing the charging Julian Mathwig and Matthias Henning from Germany though to second. A quick recovery kept the Argentinian boat in contention and after the final reach and beat to finish the Alexanders won with Mathwig and Henning taking second. An arbitration hearing after the race took Ponce and Pruden out of the results and left Schofield and Allen in third.
The black flag ensured that the fleet got away first time in Race 4. At the windward mark it was Mathwig and Henning that appeared in the lead but with the Alexanders in close attendance. A fierce battle ensued that lasted for the rest of the race, with the two boats neck and neck down the runs and swapping tacks up the beats. The Australians just stole it at the end of the last run to take yet another win, but the performance of the German boat in this race showed that the contest is far from over. Sailing clear of the chasing pack to take a strong third was Alex Warrington and Anna Wootton (GBR), a fitting tribute to Alex's home club and the day's sponsors, Thorpe Bay YC.
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'unseasonably Blustery' At Cadet Worlds
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