RSYS members Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are currently lying 5th overall with four more races to be sailed in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games mixed multi hull event.
This is the third Youth Olympic Games and includes 100 sailors from 44 different nations sailing in five events. Racing is being held out of Club Náutico San Isidro in the Argentine capital and includes debuts for two classes – Girls' and Boys' Kiteboarding (Twin Tip Racing) and the Mixed Multihull (Nacra 15). The Girls' and Boys' Windsurfing (Techno 293+) has returned for its third consecutive Games.
Conditions are challenging with the wind difficult to read on the 'chocolate' coloured water. The course area is also affected by a strong current flowing in and out from Río Paraná, Argentina's largest river at more than 4,800 km long, that is just north of the sailing venue.
In race 1, the committee showed its intentions and five boats were declared UFD and disqualified for being over the line in the last minute before the start.
The Australian Nacra team have been sailing consistently in a fleet with very tight racing, especially in the stronger breezes. Quite often the top ten boats are finishing within 40 seconds of each other.
At the start of race 8 the Australians were involved with an incident with the Austrian Team. Unfortunately the Australian boat was damaged and taking on water for Races 8 and 9. After submitting a request for redress, the jury decided to protest both AUT and AUS to establish the facts. AUT was then disqualified from Race 8 and AUS awarded redress for races 8 and 9 as their performance was made significantly worse through no fault of their own.
The team had a lay day today and will be on the water for the next two days to complete the series.
The Australian contingent L to R: Ryan Palk (Coach), Will Cooley & Evie Haseldine (RSYS Nacra 15), Hailey Lee (Windsurfer), Mani Bisschops (Kiteboard), Alex Halank (Windsurfer), RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich (Sailing Team Manager).
Article by Karyn Gojnich