Great Britain leads in three classes at halfway mark at youth worlds in Poland

After three days of racing, Great Britain’s top youth sailors are leading in three out of the seven disciplines and are second in one other at the 2004 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Poland.

In the Hobie 16 class, despite a set back after being disqualified from one of the races on Sunday, the Falmouth pairing of Tom Phipps and Jonathan Cook continued to score top results in the three races yesterday. Now with three first places amongst their scoreline, they lead the fleet by one point from Julien Villion and Martin Bataille of France.

Lymington sailor Nick Thompson scored his second race win of the championships and after seven races has a healthy 10-point lead over second placed Towci Stipanovic of Croatia. Simon Groteluschen of Germany in currently lying third with 29 points.

Richard Potter (Nottingham) was the third British sailor to climb to the top of the leader board. A fifth and a second in the two races of the day, sees him sneak in front of Federica Esposito of Italy by one point. A small gap has opened up behind and Kamil Lewandowski of Poland is in third place with 24 points.

Charlotte Dobson from Helensburgh is proving she means business second time around. After finishing fifth at this event last year, she has been training hard and this year won a silver medal at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship which took place in Brisbane. With a discard now in play she has managed to exclude her worst race result, a seventeenth, and has moved up into second place overall, four points behind Sarah Steyaert of France. American Page Railey is currently lying third with 27 points.

In the boys’ 420 class, Jonathan McGovern and Stuart Bithell are currently lying fifth and team mates Pippa Wilson and Harriette Trumble have moved up into sixth place overall.

RYA Youth Squads Manager and Team Leader Simon Wergan commented: “I am delighted with the effort of the whole of the British Team, all the sailors have worked really hard in the lead up to this championship, and the commitment to their sport has shown in the results that they have gained here. The team are looking forward to a good rest today and then they have everything to play for in the last three days of the championships.”

Today the fleets will enjoy a much earned rest before racing commences again on the 14 July. The championship concludes on the 16 July.

Results (after day three)

Hobie Cat 16

1, Tom Phipps/Jonathan Cook, GBR (2,1,(DSQ),1,2,1,3) 10 pts

2, Julien Villion/Martin Bataille, FRA ((DNF),3,3,2,1,2,1) 11 pts

3, Juan Maegli/Jason Hess, GUA (1,2,2,(3),3,3,2) 12 pts

Mistral girls

1, Zofia Klepacka, POL (1,1,1,1,1,(2),1) 6 pts

2, Sophie Anne Le Page, FRA (2,(4),3,3,2,1,2) 13 pts

3, Laura Linares, ITA (3,2,(5),4,5,3,3) 20 pts


10, Jilly Bromley ((DNF),9,10,DNF,8,7,4) 53 pts

Mistral boys

1, Richard Potter, GBR (1,4,(8),5,1,5,2) 18 pts

2, Federica Esposito, ITA (6,2,6,1,2,2,(9)) 19 pts

3, Kamil Lewandowski, POL (2,1,4,15,(OCS),1,1) 24 pts

Laser girls

1, Sarah Steyaert, FRA (1,1,8,2,(9),4,1) 17 pts

2, Charlotte Dobson, GBR ((17),3,2,1,8,3,4) 21 pts

3, Page Railey, USA (16,2,(OCS),4,2,1,2) 27 pts

Laser boys

1, Nick Thompson, GBR (4,2,4,1(10),5,1) 17 pts

2, Towci Stipanovic, CRO (3,(BFD),5,4,11,1,3) 27 pts

3, Simon Groteluschen, GER (2,9,3,6,(15),4,5) 29 pts

420 boys

1, Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen, AUS (1,2,1,(4),1,2,1) 8 pts

2, Thomas Rahier/Mathieu Rahier, FRA (3,3,2,8,7,5,(20)) 28 pts

3, Thomas Sumner/Mark Pineda, BRA (4,(18),4,11,5,1,8) 33 pts


5, Jonathan McGovern/Stuart Bithell (9,5,8,5,13,(15),4) 44 pts

420 girls

1, Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson, AUS (1,1,2,1,(11),1,8) 14 pts

2, Lydia Koppin/Kristina Kummer, GER (5,(22),6,3,3,3,7) 27 pts

3, Emmanuelle Rol/Sophie Anne Thilo, SUI (4,16,9,2,5,(OCS),1) 37 pts


6, Pippa Wilson/Harriette Trumble (2,(20),14,8,2,15,4) 45 pts