Wollmanns braced for final charge
Cecilia and Michael Wollmann are continuing to hold their own in the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
The local sailing siblings are eighth among the 20-boat Nacra 15 catamaran fleet after nine races and one drop.
French duo Tim Mourniac and Charles Dorange are the leaders, followed by Gianluigi and Maria Giubilei, of Italy, in second, and Romain Screeve and Ian Brill, of the United States, in third.
The Wollmanns got their campaign off to a flyer, posting a bullet in the second race, their best finish to date, to top the leaderboard after Friday’s opening day of racing in gusty and shifty breezes on the Hauraki Gulf.
However, the local pair fell off the pace in the lighter breezes that followed on Saturday and yesterday.
The teenage brother and sister, the first siblings to represent Bermuda at a leading regatta since brothers Jesse and Zander Kirkland competed in the 49er at the London 2012 Olympics, will now look to make a final push heading into the two race days remaining.
Skipper Cecilia, 18, who is competing with her 16-year-old brother, has enjoyed a stellar year having made her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in August, competing in the Laser Radial.
She is the only local athlete to have represented Bermuda at senior and junior Olympic levels having also competed in the Byte CII class at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China in 2014 and is a member of Bermuda’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team.
The Wollmann siblings are no stranger to this event having both competed in the Laser Radial at last year’s Youth Sailing World Championships in Malaysia.
Also representing Bermuda at this year’s championships in New Zealand is Campbell Patton in the boys Laser Radial.
After six races Patton, who is making his debut at this level, is 42nd among the 57-boat fleet.
Finnian Alexander, of Australia, leads the boys’ Laser Radial fleet. Denmark’s Patrick Doepping sits in second followed closely in third by George Gautrey, of New Zealand.
Nearly 400 sailors from 65 countries in nine separate classes are competing at the Youth Sailing World Championships, which conclude tomorrow.
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