World Sailing - World Youth Match Racing Championship
Even though only two flights were completed today, the racing was intense.
The first race of the day was against New Zealand's George Anyon. With the strong current it made it very difficult for Clare as the pin end boat to enter and complete her tack onto starboard. Anyon used this advantage to the fullest forcing Clare to have to enter and immediately have to take avoiding action, forcing her to lose all her speed, and more importantly control. This lead to Anyon getting a big jump off the line and sail on to take the win.
The second match was against the Swiss team. A dominating start saw Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz take an early lead off the line. An inland thunderstorm played havoc with the wind, making it very shifty and light. Each leg there were multiple lead changes. As they approached the finish mark, Costanzo Gybed onto port as the Swiss team skipper by Cadei, came in fast on starboard. Costanzo however was able to get to the pin end zone and establish mark room on the mark. There was yelling and protest flags flying, and the umpires gave Cadei a penalty awarding Costanzo the win.
"It's cut throat racing. These shifty conditions really force you to have to try and stay with you opponent when you have the lead. Leverage can be your friend when you are behind, how ever it comes back to haunt you when you have the lead!" commented Costanzo.
The race committee tried their best to try and get some more racing in, waiting for a potential evening breeze, however at 1630hr they sent everyone in for the day.
Due to the light winds over the first two days of racing, it is unlikely that there will be a second round robin, so every race is crucial for the team going forward.
Their current position is ...place with 3 wins 4 losses.
Up to date results can be followed here (we are Australia 2): http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/