Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague – Day 1
by Andy Rice Jul 10 21:59 UTC
July 8-15, 2022
Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships © Sailing Energy
The Youth iQFOiL lit up the race course for the first time in the 51 year history of the Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague today.
Light breezes of eight to 11 knots meant a big cardiovascular test for the iQFOiL athletes as they competed in four consecutive slalom races. Although these runs only last seven minutes each, the sprints require a high level of fitness.
There were two dominant performances in the women’s windsurf fleet, with Merve Vatan (TUR) and Tamar Steinberg (ISR) each recording a perfect four-ball score in the blue and yellow groups respectively.
Hidde van der Meer (NED) and Charlie Dixon (GBR) rose to the challenge of the Male Windsurfer fleet. Competing in the blue and yellow qualifying groups respectively, the Dutch and British rivals ended up on identical scores with three race wins and a second place finish.
Dixon couldn’t believe how his first day had gone. “It’s my very first international competition. It was an incredible moment to win that first race, but at the same time I had to remind myself that it was just one race,” Dixon said. “We have a long way to go.”
The British sailor enjoyed the physical challenge of the slalom courses in the waves of Scheveningen. “Slalom is almost like the 100m sprint in windsurfing. You push the kit to the absolute maximum and you really go for it. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s hard work. about 27, 28 knots in the waves, using the waves to ride the reach as fast as possible Now I need food, I’m tired Time to stock up on chocolate and waffles.
Men’s/Mixed Two-Person Dinghy – 420: Israel’s Race to the Top
Last year at the Youth Worlds in Oman, Roi Levy and Ariel Gal (ISR) were the highest ranked mixed team when the Israelis won the bronze medal. Today, the men’s and women’s combination was the best in the 420 class, winning both races in tough choppy and tidal conditions.
“We have a good connection together in the boat,” Gal said. “We felt fast, good speed, great race.” While some teams might have preferred more wind, Levy was very happy with the conditions. “The wind was really good, the current was quite strong, I really like working with the conditions we had today. It’s a good competition there and we love the Youth World Championships.”
Panagiotis Sotiriou and Symeon Michalopoulos (GRE) were the next best crew with finishes of 5.4. “We started both races badly, but we were happy that we were able to recover,” said Michalopoulos. “There’s a lot of current there that we don’t experience in Greece, so we have to adapt quickly. Whoever is able to adapt the fastest I think will win this week. lines change a lot during the races and you have to pay attention to that all the time.”
Male Skiff – 29er: Chaotic chop feels like home for Argentinians
Maximo Videla and Tuneo Funes de Rioja (ARG) found the conditions in Scheveningen not so different from those they experienced while training in Argentina. The difficult chop of the River Plate off Buenos Aires is difficult to manage in a skiff with low freeboard. But driving the boat through a chaotic wave wash is a familiar challenge for the Argentinian crew who took three straight wins in the Male Skiff – 29er today. Although they are not sailing a boat built by Ovington in Argentina, the team is very happy with the equipment provided to competitors in the Youth World Championships. “It’s different from what we’re used to,” Videla said, “but we’re going fast, so we’re very happy with the boat and the equipment.”
Kitesurfing – FormulaKite: Duel of the medalists
Returning medalists from the 2021 Youth Worlds in Oman take their first steps in the kitesurfing fleets. Tied at the top of the women’s standings with two wins and two seconds each are 2021 silver and bronze medalists Julia Damasiewicz (POL) and Héloïse Pegourie (FRA). It’s a similar situation in the men’s fleet with 2012 gold and silver medalists Max Maeder (SGP) and Riccardo Pianosi (ITA) tied on points with two firsts and one second each.
Inspiration for emerging nations
Success breeds success, which is why the strongest sailing nations tend to continue to do well from generation to generation. So when Florencia Chiarella (PER) won gold at the 2021 Youth Worlds in the women’s single-seater dinghy, it was a victory that everyone in sailing could celebrate. Coming from World Sailing’s emerging nations programme, Chiarella’s victory is a source of inspiration for sailors everywhere. She sent a word of encouragement to the class of 2022. “This message is for all those sailors from emerging nations who consider sailing an essential part of their lives like me. Never forget to keep trying, especially if you fall over and over again. Stay focused and never lose hope. If you work hard and believe in your dreams, you never know where the fairy tale may take you. Good luck everyone!”
Stay up to date with the scores
A full racing program was successfully completed on the first day of competition. To keep up to date with the scores of the 11 Youth Worlds events, visit worldsailingywc.org.