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Youth Worlds : The Nations Trophy was won by Australia with boy’s Laser Radial sailor Alistair Young leading the charge

Monday 4 January 2016Redaction SSS [Source RP]

The final day of the 45th Youth Sailing World Championships produced some tense finishes as medal places were mixed about on the waters of Langkawi, Malaysia. The gold medal in the boy’s Laser Radial and 420 were already decided, with some of the sailors in other fleets knowing they had a medal, just not what colour it would be. There were also some who had a medal in their grasp, but just couldn’t quite hold on at the last.


Russia’s Stefania Elfutina managed to defend her Youth Worlds crown as she held off Great Britain’s Emma Wilson and China’s Xian Ting Huang.

The three have been a step ahead of the field all week and their regular top place finishes meant that the medals would be shared out between them before the last day. The only thing that needed to be decided was the colours.

Elfutina held on to her title with a third place finish and it was only after the day that she could reflect on her time as a youth competitor,

"I feel so happy and it’s my second time and it’s always unbelievable. It’s great to finish my youth career in such a good place with such good people around, and to win it is even better.”

Behind Elfutina was Wilson who left it until the last and most important day to move up to second overall and claim silver. With a bullet in the final race and Huang finishing fourth, it meant the two were tied on 28 points. The final race win was decisive for Wilson as she grabbed the silver via count back.

While Elfutina was defending her title, the boy’s RS:X winner, France’s Titouan Le Bosq, was already thinking about how he would hold on to his next time in Oman.

An excited Le Bosq was clearly in love with his board saying, "It’s my first world title and the conditions all week were great. I like the planing. I like this sport. I love windsurfing!”

With a fifth place in the final race, his 45 point total meant that he can return next year as champion of the class, and he already knows that’s his plan,

"I like this competition and I definitely want to come back and defend my title in Oman and come back even stronger.”

Argentina’s Francisco Saubidet Birkner took the silver medal following a third leaving him to finish the week on 55 points.

Aruba’s Mack van der Eerenbeemt was looking to take the experience he gained from the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and apply it to the Youth Worlds, but mast issues slowed down his progress. Even so, he could not finish above Brazil’s Brenno Francioli who will take a well-deserved bronze medal back home for his efforts. Francioli finished on 76 points, six clear of van der Eerenbeemt.

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List of Winners

420 Boys

  • Gold – Will Logue and Bram Brakman (USA)
  • Silver - Leonardo Lombardi and Rodrigo Luz (BRA)
  • Bronze – Douglas Elmes and Colin O’Sullivan (IRL)

420 Girls

  • Gold – Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik (POL)
  • Silver – Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith (AUS)
  • Bronze – Maria Caba and Carla Diaz (ESP)

29er Boys

  • Gold - Peter Lin Janezic and Anze Podlogar (SLO)
  • Silver – Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot Johnson (NZL)
  • Bronze – Tomas Mathisen and Mads Mathisen (NOR)

29er Girls

  • Gold – Sirre Kronlof and Veera Hokka (FIN)
  • Silver – Laerke Graversen and Iben Nielsby Christensen (DEN)
  • Bronze – Greta Stewart and Kate Stewart (NZL)


  • Gold – Louis Flament and Charles Dorange (FRA)
  • Silver – Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf (AUS)
  • Bronze – Tamryn Lindsay and William McKenzie (NZL)

Laser Radial Boys

  • Gold – Alistair Young (AUS)
  • Silver – George Gautrey (NZL)
  • Bronze – Daniel Whiteley (GBR)

Laser Radial Girls

  • Gold – Maria Erdi (HUN)
  • Silver – Hannah Anderssohn (GER)
  • Bronze – Magdalena Kwasna (POL)

RS:X Boys

  • Gold – Titouan le Bosq (FRA)
  • Silver – Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG)
  • Bronze – Brenno Francioli (BRA)

RS:X Girls

  • Gold - Stefania Elfutina (RUS)
  • Silver - Emma Wilson (GBR)
  • Bronze – Xian Ting Huang (CHN)

Nations Trophy

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. France

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