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Youth Sailing Worlds - Day 1

British team struggle on opening day as USA hits the leaderboards

For the USA it was a dream opening day, but the British team found the first day tough, with only the RSX and 420 Girls making the top three of their events.

Home Team USA leads three classes—the Boys’ RS:X and 420, and the Girls’ 420—and is placed second in another—the Girls’ Laser Radial.

For the British, Islay Watson (3,2,1) in the Girls RS:X is just one point off the leader, Veerle ten Have of New Zealand (1,1,2).

And in the Girl's 420, Vita Heathcote and Emilia Boyle (4,2) are second, four points behind Carmen and Emma Cowles of the USA who won the two opening races.

A blustery southeasterly breeze allowed for the full complement of 23 races scheduled among the nine classes.

Every class is tightly packed after the first day, a result of just one day of racing but also of well-prepared sailors.

In the Boys’ 420 Class, JC Hermus and Walter Henry (3,2) of the USA lead by five points, but second through 10th are separated by just seven points.

In second are Italy's Matthias Menis and Nicolas Starc (9,1), with Kacper Paszek and Bartek Reiter (5,5) of Poland. Britain's Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright (12,20) are in 18th place.

In the Boys 29er, Ewan Wilson and Fin Armstrong (7,9,19) sit in tenth overall. Henry Larkings and Miles Davey (1,2,2) of Australia lead by one point from Seb Lardies and Scott Mckenzie of New Zealand.

In the Girls 29er, Freya Black and Millie Aldridge (14,UFD,5) finished a snakes and ladders day in 11th overall. Pia Andersen and Nora Edland (2,1,3) of Norway lead by one point from Zoya Novikova and Diana Sabirova (4,3,1) of Russia.

Germany's Silas Muhle and Romy Mackenbrock (1,6,1) lead the Nacra 15, one point ahead of Holland's Henri Demesmaeker and Frederique van Eupen (2,1,DNF). William Smith and Abigail Clarke (11,9,21) are 12th.

In the Boys Radial, Juan Cardozo (7,1) of Argentina leads, tied on eight points with Uffe Tomasgaard (4,4) of Norway. In third is Zac Littlewood (1,8) of Australia with Josh Armit (6,3) of New Zealand on the nine points.

Jake Bowhay GBR had a black flag and is 48th overall.

Better placed is Matilda Nicholls (12,8) ninth in the Girls Radial, where Emma Savelon (1,2) of the Netherlands leads from Charlotte Rose (4,1) of the USA.

Geronimo Nores of the USA, took three wins in the Boys RS:X to lead by two points from Nicolo Renna (2,2,2) of Italy. Britain's Isaac Lines (5,11,11) is in eighth place.

Racing resumes Tuesday with another 23 races planned among the nine classes.

Full results available here

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