Betsy Alison and team from USA are revelling in the light conditions at the Yngling worlds and currently lead the series by 10 points

Day two of the Yngling World Championship dawned another light day on Lake Lucerne, Brunnen, Switzerland yesterday. Three races were sailed, in an attempt to get ahead of schedule, as the forecast looks increasingly lighter towards the end of the week.

After two days it is the American trio of Betsy Alison/Lee Icyda/Suzy Leech who lead the championship by a 10-point margin from Ulrike Schümann/Wibke Bülle/Winnie Lippert of Germany.

Olympic champion and team GBR sailor Shirley Robertson, sailing with Sarah Ayton and Inga Leask, showed potential when the thermal breeze kicked in, scoring a 10th place in the second race of the day, placing this relatively new team in 24th position overall.

Fellow team GBR sailors Lizzie Edwards/Caroline Edwards/Sarah Allen are currently in 28th place overall with Nicole Johnson/Jane Norris/Jo Line in 33rd position.

RYA Yngling class coach Mark Nicholls commented: “The conditions over the last few days have been really tricky for the team but all the girls are coping well in conditions that they are not used to sailing in. Shirley and her crew have showed promise in the breezier conditions, Nicole has had a few problems converting good results around the track into overall results, and Lizzie is putting in a steady set of results.”


1, Betsy Alison/Lee Icyda/Suzy Leech, USA ((26),2,4,1,1) 8 pts

2, Ulrike Schümann/Wibke Bülle/Winnie Lippert, GER (2,(16),2,4,10) 18 pts

3, Melanie Dennison/Fiona Herbert/Caroline Aders, AUS (4,1,18,(22),3) 26 pts

Team GBR

24, Shirley Robertson/Sarah Ayton/Inga Leask (25,18,21,10,(27)) 74 pts

28, Lizzie Edwards/Caroline Edwards/Sarah Allen (17,23,(30),25,21) 86 pts

33, Nicole Johnson/Jane Norris/Jo Line (33,27,15,32,(35)) 107 pts