An unsusal incident on the second day of the RYA ISAF Youth Worlds Selection Event was the protest by the Race Committee of a number of boats for a breach of Sailing Instruction 24.1 – communicating with support boats – zero percent penalties were given to all sailors involved in the incident.
Girls’ 420 sailors Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (Itchenor), one of the crews involved, however were thankful as no scoring penalties were applied: “A group of us were protested for communicating with a rib while having lunch, it’s because we were having lunch on our food rib and apparently it wasn’t ok,” said Davies.
“It was really stressful, there was a risk that we could get disqualified but luckily we didn’t which was worrying because if we did get disqualified, it would have messed up our overall results, but luckily it was ok. The tide was really strong and we were worried we were going to be swept away so we were holding on.”
“We weren’t talking about sailing and didn’t get any advantage and we won’t do it again,” concluded Davies.
On the water, Davies and Keers won the final race and are on their way to securing a spot at the ISAF Youth Worlds. In second are Jenny Cropley (Royal Lymington) and Emma Baker (Weir Wood), just a point behind the leaders.
Max Clapp and Ross Banham (Royal Southern) are still leading the boys’ 420, adding a first and second to their results list Sunday.
Karyna Manuel tops the girls’ Laser Radial class with a score line of 1, 1, 1, DNE, 1. She received a DNE (Disqualification Not Excludable), having not retired from the race after receiving a second rule 42 penalty on the water. Manuel leads ahead of Ellie Brown (Beaver SC) and Hanna Brant (Oxford SC) who are in second and third respectively.
n the boys’ Laser Radial Milo Gill-Taylor (Spinnaker) and Jake Farren-Price (Royal Lymington) both sit on 27 points at the top of the leader board.
Dan Wilson (Chichester) moved into the lead in the boys’ RS:X scoring a first and a fourth. Wilson sits on joint points with Andy Brown (Largs SC), James Hatcher (Bristol Corinthian YC) is only a couple behind in third.
Dan’s sister, Emma Wilson (Chichester) has won all five races in the girls’ RS:X and has a clear lead over the rest of the field.
The 29er classes headed out to Hayling Bay at 16:00, in the boys’ 29er, Crispin Beaumont (Bartley SC) and Tom Darling (HISC) had a perfect day scoring double firsts.
Phoebe Connellan (Rutland) and Sophie Otter (Grafham Water) continue to lead the girls’ 29er, Rebecca Lewis and Eve Townsend, who won the final race today, are just one point behind in second.