Daily Briefing. Day 6 (14/08/2021).

All of the 230 sailors, from the 31 competing nations, returned from Dublin Bay this afternoon after six testing days of world class racing and all were winners in one way or another. Many improved their skills, some pushed for the podium, all experienced world class competition, but as the regatta closed, we crowned the 2021 ILCA4 Youth World Champions.

No one said it would be easy but the variety of wind conditions, stunning list of top-class entrants and racing that was at the highest level ensured the victors were deserved of their hard-fought world titles.

Only one race was possible for all but the Girls gold fleet today as the lighter conditions toyed with the race committee but didn’t provide the required stability to complete the 12th and final race. As the fleets were heading for Dun Laoghaire harbour Martins Atilla (LAT) and Emma Mattivi (ITA) were preparing themselves for the jubilant celebrations that would greet them shoreside. Both now have their places set in history as the 2021 world champions in the ILCA4 class. Emma and Martins had already shown they were worthy contenders, and both were overnight leaders as racing began today. Cool heads, impeccable race management and perhaps leaning on the single discard that was available was enough for these deserved champions to lift the title for 2021.

Final ICLA4 Youth World Championship Results;  

Girls Gold: 1st Emma Mattivi (ITA), 2nd Petra Marednic (CRO), 3rd Gaia Bolzonella (ITA), 4th Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP), 5th Annemijn Algra (NED), 6th Roos Wind (NED), 7th Johanna Böckl (AUT), 8th Gabriëla Groenewegen Van Der Weijden (GRE), 9th Giorgia Bonalana (ITA), 10th Alina Iuorio (ITA).

Boys Gold: 1st Martins Atilla (LAT), 2nd Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE), 3rd Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA), 4th Joan Ravie (ESP), 5th Hidde Wapstra (NED), 6th Hidde Schraffordt (NED), 7th Max Frank (NED), 8th Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP), 9th Can Veysel Kaska (TUR), 10th Miguel Sancho (POR).

Girls Silver: 1st Cristina Castellanos (GUA), 2nd Arwen Fflur (GBR), 3rd Donna-Tinke Huijsmans (NED), 4th Léonie Baudet (SUI), 5th Isabella Mendoza Cabezas (USA), 6th Anna Vasilieva (USA), 7th Ava Anderson (USA), 8th Paula Bestard Mayol (ESP), 9th Cannelle Opstaele (BEL), 10th Mikaela Panagopoulou (GRE).

Boys Silver:  1st Benjamin Reeser, 2nd Oisín Mac Sweeney (IRL), 3rd Antonio Pascali (GBR), 4th Karel Ratnik (EST), 5th Jacob Zils (USA), 6th Keijiro Kikkawa (GBR), 7th Andrea Dubois (SUI), 8th Florian Vreeburg (NED), 9th Connor Demming (USA), 10th João Pacheco (POR).

U16 Boys: 1st Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE), 2nd Hidde Schraffordt (NED), 3rd Dionysios Kalpogiannakis (GRE)

U16 Girls: 1st Adriana Castro (ESP), 2nd Audrey Foley (USA), 3rd Signe Brinkert (NED).

Irish Girls: 1st Eimer McMorrow Moriarty, 2nd Anna O’Connor, 3rd Hannah Dadley-Young, 4th Sienna Wright, 5th Iseult Hogan, 6th Ella Dempsey, 7th Una Connell, 8th Emma Lynch, 9th Megan O’Sullivan, 10th Isabel Mc Carthy.  

Irish Boys: 1st Rocco Wright, 2nd Archie Daly, 3rd Luke Turvey, 4th James Dwyer, 5th Oisín Mac Sweeney, 6th Darragh Collins, 7th Christian Ennis, 8th Oisin Hughes, 9th Russell Bolger, 10th Patrick Bruen.

An extra special mention must go to all who made this event possible. ILCA, the Royal St. George Yacht Club, The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoighaire Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, CH Marine and Irish Sailing to name but a few. It takes a team and the 200+ volunteers that provided endless support to the sailors played a vital role in ensuring this event was a success and showcasing what Ireland has to offer as a world class destination and sailing venue.

Kudos to Ian Simmington (Event Organising Committee Chairman) and Con Murphy (Principal Race Officer) for offering their time, dedication to getting the job done, services to sailing and in helping to develop the next generation of budding Olympians, International Champions and sailing ambassadors.

Lastly, to the ILCA sailors. From the practice race to the final race today, from early morning starts until late evening finishes and even when the conditions were at their most fierce, you showed why the sport of sailing is the sport of champions. Sailors were keen to help each other, happy to sharing a joke and always looked out for one another. The Carlisle Pier in Dún Laoghaire Harbour was buzzing all week with fun, smiles and the enjoyment that comes from a community of brilliant young people enjoying the elements and testing their sailing skills to the maximum and this is what it’s all about!

Vilamoura, Portugal is the host for the 2022 ILCA4 Youth World Championships and we hope to see everyone there with the same enthusiasm, spirit and desire to champions.

Daily Briefing. Day 5 (12/08/2021).

The penultimate day of the ILCA4 Youth World Championships lived up to expectations and provided our sailors with an incredible back to back test of physicality and the mental toughness required to be a world champion. Another day of strong winds in Dublin Bay greeted the battle hardy competitors and the persistent 18 – 22 knot conditions proved a test of readiness for all concerned.

Mixed fortunes in the Boys Gold fleet today has compressed competitors scoring and although Martins Atilla (LAT) holds on to 1st place ahead of the final day of racing, he is now only 7 points ahead of Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA), who continues his climb up the leader board, and 9 points ahead of Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) in 3rd who could only manage a 16, 19 today. 4th is held by Joan Ravie (ESP) and Hidde Schraffordt (NED) is in 5th place.

In the Boys Silver fleet, Irish sailor Oisín Mac Sweeney (IRL) has been displaced from the top of the overnight leader board by Antonio Pascali (UK). Benjamin Reeser (USA) remains in contention in 3rd and only 7.5 points split the top three. Its all to play for and Oisín will have the county behind him.

Emma Mattivi (ITA) managed an impressive 4,3 the remain on the top spot in the Girls Gold fleet but is now being pursued closely by fellow country woman Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) in second and Petra Marednic (CRO) slipped from 2nd yesterday back to 3rd today after posting a 13, 11. 4th place is held by the ever-consistent Roos Wind (NED) and 5th goes to Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP).

In the Girls Silver fleet, the Guatemala sailor Cristina Castellanos (GUA), continues to dominate and has scored an unassailable 1,1,3,1 in the final stage of the series in really challenging conditions. Arwen Fflur (UK) is in close contention in 2nd, and Donna-Tinke Huijsmans (NED) is in 3rd. No more than 8 points separate the top three in this hotly contested fleet. 

Rocco Wright continues to post consistent results and is top Irish boy (58th) followed by Archie Day (59th) and James Dwyer (68th). Anna O’Connor (38th) has managed to climb just ahead of Eimer McMorrow Moriarty (41st) in the supper talented Girls Gold Fleet.

First U16 Girl is Adriana Castro (ESP) and first U16 Boy is Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE).

See full results for both the boys and girls, gold and silver fleets. 

Lighter conditions with a South Westerly 5 to 6 knots forecast for tomorrow and this will be a welcome change from the strong winds and rough seas from the last two days. As teams may be looking to push hard for the final two races we are sure the regatta race management team will be keenly watching the start lines and looking for those who may be trying to sneak an early gain. The closing ceremony is scheduled for after racing tomorrow and we will wait to see which nations and sailors will be crowned 2021 ILCA4 World Champions. The regatta has already been an incredible week of racing, a test of skills and perseverance and regardless of who is victorious, everyone will take home tall tales from Dublin Bay and contacts for their many new friends and ILCA4 comrades.

Daily Briefing. Day 4 (12/08/2021).

Another exciting day with sun, sea and stormy squalls in Dun Laoghaire that tested the best of the best on day 4 of the hotly contested ILC4 World Championships!

Winning this year’s world championships will certainly be hard fought and well deserved. Toady provided thrills, spills and an action-packed testing day on the water in Dublin for our sailors. With the qualifying series complete the sailors were divided into Gold and Silver fleets in both the boy’s and girl’s division and the lead changes just keep coming. Competitors launched with 18-20 knots out of the SSW but the 30 knot squalls that blew through separated the strong from the supper strong throughout an extremely testing day.

Another change at the top of the leader board in the Girl’s fleet tonight was well earned after Emma Mattivi (ITA) scored and impressive 2, 1 today to move one point clear of Petra Marednic (CRO). Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) moved from 4th overnight to 3rd overall with a strong and consistent 1, 3 and as we look to tomorrow, its all to play for.

Eimer McMorrow Moriarty showed the true Kerry grit and determination that is drilled into the hardy sailors from Tralee Bay Sailing Club to hold onto the title as top Irish Girl (38th). Anna O’Connor (40th) is hot on her heals in the Girl’s gold fleet.  

In the Boy’s division Martins Atilla (LAT) moved from second to first with a solid performance to record a 1, 5. Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) slipped back to second overall with a 7, 14 showing just how difficult it was to find the podium today. Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA) climbed several places with a fantastic 2, 4. No one said it was going to be easy to lift the world title in such a competitive fleet and our overnight leaders are deserved of their enviable and hard-earned positions.

Rocco Wright representing Howth Yacht Club holds onto the position of top preforming Irish boy in 53rd. Archie Daly (58th) and James Dwyer (65th) make up the top three Irish boys in this world class fleet.

Tomorrows forecast is 18 to 20 knots with a further degree West in direction. These strong and gusty conditions will provide another test to determine who really has world class; preparation, fitness, boat handling skills and the killer mindset needed to set themselves up for victory on the final day of racing this Saturday. Competitors will be recharging their tired bodies and checking every part of their race kit after today’s gruelling test and we expect more fun, hotly contested and exciting racing on Dublin Bay tomorrow.

See full results for the boys and girls, gold and silver fleets. 

Daily Briefing. Day 3 (11/08/2021).

Day 3 of the ILCA4 Youth World Championships and more changes at the top of the leader board in the boy’s division as we reach the mid-way stage. Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) clinched the overnight podium with an impressive 1, 6 in the todays racing. Less than 10 points separates the top three sailors and with conditions forecast to strengthen tomorrow, sailors will be managing risk vs reward and how best to take advantage of the shifty conditions on Dublin Bay.

Boys Overall: 1st Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) 17pts, 2nd Martins Atilla (LAT) 21pts, 3rd Antonio López Martínez (ESP) 26pts, 4th Joan Ravie (ESP)            32pts, 5th Omer Vered Vilenchikm (ISR) 35pts.

Petra Marednic (CRO) has a tight hold on top spot in the girl’s divisions. Petra continues to steal the show with another two first place finishes. She ends the qualifying series with 7 points form 5 scoring races. As impressive as this is, Emma Mattivi (ITA) is hot on Petras heels and is on 12 points with Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP) holding on close behind in 3rd with 15points.

Girls Overall: 1st Petra Marednic (CRO) 7pts, 2nd Emma Mattivi (ITA) 12pts, 3rd Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP) 15pts, 4th Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) 23pts, 5th Roos Wind (NED) 25pts.  

We took some time after today’s racing to catch-up with two of Spain’s top youth sailors who are both vying for podium finishes at this ILCA4 World Championships. Antonio López Martínez (17yrs) & Joan Ravie (16yrs) are both based near Alicante but race with different clubs in the Mediterranean.

Q) Why do you like the sport of sailing?

Antonio – I just really love the sport, sailing is just a part of me and always clears my mind.

Joan – Sailing competitively allows me time away from my studies and I just live to compete.

Q) What is the best part about competing here in Ireland?

Antonio – There is always good wind in Ireland and I really love the sailing waters here.

Joan – It is always nice to see a new country and visiting Ireland has been great fun.

Q) Who is your sailing hero?

Joan – Pavlos Kontides, Cypriot Olympic Laser Silver Medallist and 2-time Laser World Champion.

Antonio – Robert Scheidt, Brazialin five-time Olympic Laser Sailor 9-time Laser World Champion.

Q) What are your plans as we move from the qualifying series into the final series.

Joan – I will push for consistency, sail a safe strategy and look to remain in contention to the end.

Antonio – The regatta really starts now, and I need to refocus my mind on the task of sailing fast.

Daily Briefing. Day 2 (10/08/2021).

Blue skies and high hopes were prevalent in Dun Laoghaire today as day two of the ILCA4 Youth World Championships got underway. As competitors were preparing for lighter winds and the possibility of shifty conditions across Dublin Bay the race team were busy planning on how to optimise the course for the day that lay ahead. 

Principal Race Officer Con Murphy did an excellent job to get a full complement of racing in for both the boys and girls divisions today. Con and high highly tuned race team managed the racing with the upmost professionalism and worked tirelessly to give competitors the best racing opportunity in the challenging conditions. The lighter breeze of 8-10 kts started the day at 2450 and backed around through to 1500 as the day progressed. A late finish for the boy’s class was necessary this evening but ensuring races are completed in the qualifying series is key and the single discards in the qualifying series applied as the boys and girls results were published.

In the Boys division Joan Ravie (ESP) showed real class to secure two first place finishes and moved to top of the leader board. In the Girls division Petra Marednic (CRO) clinched an important race win in the second race to move into first place overnight. The reining ILCA 4 Girls European Champion and leader form yesterday Annemijn Algra (NED) slipped to 6th demonstrating just how challenging conditions were and how podium finishes were difficult even for the best.

Overall leaders after day 2:

Boys; 1st Joan Ravie (ESP), 2nd Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) & 3rd Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP).  

Girls; 1st Petra Marednic (CRO), 2nd Emma Mattivi (ITA) & 3rd Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP).

Top Irish Boys: Archie Daly (52nd), Rocco Wright (53rd) & James Dwyer (55th).

Top Irish Girls:  Anna O’Connor (36th), Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty (37th) & Megan O’Sullivan (56th)

The last day of the 3-day qualifying series is tomorrow and competitors will be pushing hard to ensure they put themselves in contention for the business end of the regatta as the finale series is sailed over the following three days.

Daily Briefing. Day 1 (09/08/2021)

A busy morning in Dun Laoghaire today and everyone keenly awaited the start of day one at the 2021 ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships. After a breezy day yesterday for the practice race, competitions were provided a full complement of races by the race management team for both the boys and girls divisions. Conditions were favourable and a moderate 10 to 15 (kts) from the South West obliged and provided great racing conditions on Dublin Bay.

The girl’s division is provisionally being led overnight by Annemijn Algra (NED) with Emma Mattivi (ITA) in second and Petra Marednic (CRO) is lying third. Best of the Irish is Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty 21st in a fleet of 80+ competitors.

Annemijn Algra from the Netherlands (NED) who is leading the girls division overnight comes with high hopes after winning the European Championships which was part of the 132nd Travemünde Week in Germany only 10 days ago.

The boy’s division is provisionally being led overnight by Martins Atilla (LAT) with Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP) Alp Hosgör (TUR) is lying third. Best of the Irish boys on the opening day was Archie Daly 38th in a fleet of 150+ competitors.

First U16 Girl is Audrey Foley (USA) and Boy is Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE).

The competition today was intense, and competitors are highly motivated after a great days racing and will now be debriefing with their coaches on how they can find that extra bit of performance for tomorrow and build on todays success.

The racing format in this world championships will see both divisions compete for 2 more days in a qualifying series and a further three days in the finals series to eventually decide who will be crowned the 2021ILCA 4.7 World Champion in this highly competitive fleet. With lots of racing still to go competitors will be looking to keep a clean sheet and stay in contention throughout. 

Fleets are planning to launch tomorrow at 10:30 and viewing from the Dun Laoghaire pier is highly recommended. Don’t forget to follow our event hashtag #47worlds2021 and stay tuned for further updates.