JÄRVENPÄÄ, FINLAND - Two days of racing have been completed at the International Lightning Class Association's Youth World Championship held at Tuusulanjärven Purjehtijat ry. 16 Teams from 8 countries made the trip to see who would take home the title of 2012 Lightning Youth World Champions.
Five races have been completed with fare competition and complimented by very nice sailing weather. Conditions could not be any better on the Lake. The Canadian Team of Adam MacDonald, Abby Bennett and Sam Jones hailing from the Buffalo Canoe Club, Point Abino, Ontario are currently sitting in first place with 11.3 total points. After a small setback in Race 3 where redress has been given, the Team has been consistently in the top 3 of each race.
Just behind them is the USA Team of Timmy Crann from the Metedeconk River Yacht Club, Brick NJ with crew Lauren Jones and Ali Blumenthal. Again consistency is paying off and the team is 4 points out of first. Another American Team from the Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, OH, Mike Gemperline, Scott Vining and Stu Wallace round out the top 3 with 21 points.
Racing continues tomorrow, with two scheduled races. A final 8th race is scheduled for Friday. Sailors are having a wonderful time meeting new friends and experiencing all that Finland has to offer.
Group shot of Competitors:
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