SECOND DAY OF THE SNIPE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The land of the rising sun shined under the rain
The Japaneses Ozora Iwatsuki and Kosuke Miyake won the only round of the day. Mafalda Pires de Lima, who ends in the third position, keeps at the top of the ranking.
It was a difficult second day of the Snipe Junior Wolrd Championship that takes place in A Coruña during these days. The unstable wind, accompanied by the rain and the fog, complicated the sailing a lot and only one regatta was celebrated, the third one in total until now. Because of this, there were unexpected results regarding the first day, when were more stable conditions, but the favourite participants strengthened their privilege positions.
The wind was whimsical in this second day of competition. The start of the third round of the championship was delayed one hour. And, when the crews began their hostilities, sailing wasn’t easy at all.
Under that conditions, the Japanese pair, Ozora Iwatsuki and Kosuke Miyake, was the team that did the best movements in the water. The Asian couple, that on Thursday reached a fifteenth and a seventh position in the table, didn’t delay on winning their first round.
The next one in today’s ranking was the Brazilian Felipe Rodina. The actual world's runner-up doesn’t give up and keeps his options of conquer the title. And, besides that, today he approached to the Portuguese Mafalda Pires de Lima, that crossed the finish line after him and that, with this third place, maintains the first position in the general ranking.
In the same way, the American Jensen McTighe, who is still very regular, was fourth in this third race, ahead the Peruvian Fernando Correa, that could celebrate today after his twentieth and seventeenth place in yesterday’s regattas.
The sixth position were to the Spanish Alejandro Bethencourt, which makes transforms him in the best Spaniard in the general table.
In the general ranking, Felipe Rodina (eight points) consolidates himself as the main alternative to Mafalda Pires de Lima (seven points), who is strongly resisting. Tiago Brito (who started yesterday the championship in an excellent way, but today wasn't regular), has already 14 points, the same amount that Daniel Platt, the fourth. The best Spanish so far is Alejandro Bethencourt, who is seventh with 24 points, followed by the World Champion of the category, his compatriot Antonio López, with 26.
For today is planned a new day of regattas, from the one p.m., if the weather allows it.
FIRST DAY OF THE SNIPE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The Portuguese Pires de Lima, the leader
The best Spanish participant is Antonio López, in the sixth place
The Snipe Junior World Championship, organized by the Real Club Náutico of La Coruña, started today. The Portuguese Mafalda Pires de Lima is on top of the general ranking, thanks to her regularity (she did a first and a third place in the regattas celebrated today).
The day started with good wind conditions, five knots that went up until nine. The first regatta was quick. In less than an hour (57 minutes), the first of the contestants crossed the finish line.
The dominant countries were, like in the second round, the Portuguese language ones. Brazil was already a favourite country, so the Brazilian participants fulfilled the expectations. Tiago Brito, the number one of the participant’s list, was the winner, followed by his compatriot Daniel Platt. The third position was achieved by Mafalda Pires de Lima and, the actual world junior runner-up, the Brazilian Felipe Rodina, ended in the fourth place.
The American Jensen McTighe crossed the finish line in the fifth position, as the Spanish Roberto Bermúdez de Castro crossed it sixth. Shortly after him, the actual junior world champion, the also Spanish Antonio López, finished the race in the seventh place.
The wind conditions were being good yet, so the organization decided to start up quickly the second round. But the wind’s intensity fell until the two knots, so the teams had to wait to start again.
With the competition resumed, the second race also lasted approximately an hour. Mafalda Pires demonstrated that she was completely adapted to the regatta’s field and the weather conditions, achieving the first position. And, after her, the rest of the Brazilian teams: Felipe Rodina (second), Daniel Platt (third), Nick Pellicano (fourth) y Tiago Brito (fifth).
The best Spanish of this round was Alejandro Bethencourt, that get recovered from the twelfth place achieved in the first race, ending sixth in the second one. Antonio López kept his regularity with the eighth position, as Roberto Bermúdez ended up the nineteenth.