Quella che segue e la relazione sul campionato del mondo redatta da Hylke Sasse, presidente dell’ Associazione di classe olandese e timoniere di NED 1332 che, con a prua la nostra Daria, ha lottato per il podio conquistando alla fine un’ottimo quarto posto!
Bravissimi Hylke e Daria!!!!!!
<< With 58 boats competing at the Worlds from 9 different countries, the Flying Junior world championship has been sailed at Portoroz on the Slovenian coast.
Dutch teams dominated the podium, with NED-961 Rolf de Jong and Esther de Jong claiming the title as new World champions in the Flying Junior class. Defending champion Guido Sol, NED-1316, finished on the second-place sailing together with Hugo de Jong.
After a very intense last day with many position chances, GER-362 with Heiko Riffeler and Claudia Riffeler-Lörcks finished on the third place putting a hold on a clean sweep from the Netherlands.
NED-1332 with Hylke Sasse and Daria Marino had to be convenient with the fourth-place having the third place on a close grab, this fourth place had a golden touch to it however.
Namely, the fourth until sixth place finished on equal points, showing the high-quality level of sailing within the Flying Junior class where every mistake is punished and many teams are favourite to claim a podium spot.
The fifth place went to JPN-1 with Sinichi Ushida and Koh Mochizuki, who showed there strength in efficient tacking and gybing.
The week was characterized by high temperatures and light sea-breezes with an average of 6 knots from westerly directions in the bay of Piran.
With 12 races sailed, the racing committee of GOSAILING did an amazing job where the best teams and favourites ended in the top of the rankings.
On the first day, the rankings were still shaken by some mistakes from favourites and lucky shots from other teams gaining from these mistakes.
During the week, positions in the rankings shifted and it became clear the championship would end in an intense battle where the final positions could only be sure after the last finish.
After 9 races, Rolf de Jong and Guido Sol were only deviated by 3 points and would fight each other on the final day for the positions 1 and 2.
The battle for third place was on between GER 380, GER 407, JPN 1, GER 362 and NED 1332, where these teams were within 5 points differences from each other after a second discarded race.
The level of sailing was very high, many battles were fought and only after the last finish and protests the best and most constant sailing teams ended at the top.
Rolf de Jong can call himself World Champion once more and scored the double in titles after winning the European Championship last year in Stellendam (NED). >>
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