Medal haul

With New Zealand claiming four medals at the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships in July, it will go down as one of their most successful yet.

24 July 2018


The Kiwis claimed a record-equalling fourth medal on the final day of the championships at Corpus Christi, Texas, including bronze to Greta Stewart and Tom Fyfe in the Nacra 15.

The bronze won by the Nacra pair was particularly significant because it saw Stewart win her third youth worlds medal. She now joins Chris Dickson as the only other New Zealander to have won three medals at the Youth Sailing World Championships.

“I’m really happy to have won a third medal,” said Stewart. “It was a bit hectic at one point because we got our kite tangled up with our bow. Tom had to go upfront and untangle it, so we were a bit worried about our chances.

“It was a relief when it was all over.”

That bronze comes on the back of the three medals guaranteed on the penultimate day of racing: Josh Armit had already wrapped up gold in the boys’ Laser Radial and highlighted his class by finishing second in the final race; Veerle ten Have won the last race to snare silver in the girls’ RS:X; and Seb Lardies and Scott McKenzie won silver in a dramatic end to the boys’ 29er class.


Meanwhile, The Australian Youth Team will leave the 2018 Youth World Championships with a silver and two bronze medals. Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone, winners at last year’s event, secured the 420 boys’ silver medal prior to the final race and were justifiably pleased.

“We started off a little bit slow, but came back and enjoyed the conditions,” Henry said.

“We sailed a great week and did the best we could; it ended well.”

Featherstone added, “We struggled to put away a win because of the Americans. I’m not sure what they were doing, but they were pretty fast.

“In the race that decided if we solidified silver, we won it, so that was a good note to finish on. It was tough; the whole week was.”

Henry Larkings and Miles Davey won the bronze medal in the 29er boys’ class. Zac Littlewood, who won the Laser Radial World Championship in Germany last month, came within a point of pinching the silver medal, but did well to win bronze.

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