Saturday, 19 July 2008

2008 Volvo Youth Worlds: NZ Silver in Volvo Trophy + 2 individual Bronze Medals

Cushla Hume-Merry, from Wellington: bronze medal winner in the Laser Radials. Image copyright onEdition.

by SailRaceWin

After the final day's racing in Aarhus, Denmark, it was New Zealand that finished second to the UK in the overall team performance for the Volvo Trophy.

In addition, two New Zealand sailors, Sam Meech, from Tauranga, and Cushla Hume-Merry, from Wellington, each won bronze medals, in the Laser and Laser Radial classes, respectively.

The 29er Kiwi girls (Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher) and boys (Paul Snow-Hansen and Ben Goodwin) each finished 4th overall in their respective classes. Newcomers to the SL16 multihull, Francisco Lardies and David Hazard, finished 7th overall in class. In the RSX windsurfer girls and boys, Jazmine Lynch and Josh Nixon, were each in 8th place overall in class, respectively.

Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher from New Zealand finished fourth overall in the girls 29er class. Image copyright onEdition.

Class winners were Laser: Pavlos Kontides (Cyprus), Laser Radial: Gabrielle King (Australia), 29er boys: James Peters and Edward Fitzgerald (GBR), 29er girls: Frances Peters and Claire Lasko [James and Frances are brother and sister], SL16 multihull: Valentin and Romain Bellet (France), RSX boys: Michalis Malekkides (Cyprus), RSX girls: Laura Linares (Italy).

In the Volvo Trophy, the UK finished 28 points clear of New Zealand, with Australia a further two points behind in bronze medal position. Hosts, Denmark, were fifth, finishing behind France. Next year's ISAF Youth Worlds hosts, Brazil, were sixth.

2008 Volvo Youth Worlds

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