Blue skies and winds of 8 to 10 knots rounded off five days of world-class competition in Mussanah, Oman.
11 Gold Medals have been won at the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships presented by Hempel.
Winning nations are Bermuda, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Peru, Singapore, and Spain.
First-ever gold medals for Peru and Bermuda in the 50-year history of the Youth Worlds.
France has won the Nations Trophy for the best team performance.
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Female One Person Dinghy ILCA 6
Florencia Chiarella (PER) has made Peruvian sailing history by becoming the first to win a Youth Worlds gold medal for her country. Anja von Allmen (SUI) won silver and Théa Lubac’s (FRA) victory in the final race lifted the French sailor to bronze.
“I’m so happy,” said Chiarella, proud to have won gold for an Emerging Nation. “I have trained hard for this. It is great that someone from Peru, from a third world country, has a chance to succeed in the sport of sailing.”
Gold: Florencia Chiarella (PER)
Silver: Anja von Allmen (SUI)
Bronze: Théa Lubac (FRA)
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|Male One Person Dinghy ILCA 6
This went right down to the wire. José Gomes Saraiva Mendes (POR) started the day with a bit of a points gap but the Portuguese sailor was back in 27th and unable to fight his way through. Meanwhile, Luka Zabukovec (SLO) hit the speed button on his Ziegelmeyer boat to take the lead of the race and move into a slender overall lead. However, down the final run, Sebastian Kempe (BER) used his downwind pace to overtake enough boats to cross the line in sixth place. Not that he knew at the time, but Kempe had done just enough to take a historic gold for Bermuda, his small island nation’s first-ever medal of any color at a Youth Worlds. Zabukovec finished tied on points with Mendes, the silver going on tiebreak to Slovenia, with Portugal in bronze.
The new gold medallist’s father, Somers Kempe, competed for Bermuda in the Youth Worlds almost 30 years earlier and was there to greet his son as he landed on the shore. Sebastian paid tribute to his dad for getting him into the sport. “I want to thank my dad and everyone back home who has supported me,” said Sebastian. ‘I’ve been working hard for this the past two years, extremely stressful trying to do the maths. A four-way fight between me, Slovenia, Poland, and Portugal. I had just had to get to sixth. I’m really, really happy that this day has finally come. It’s been fun to race against these great competitors. It’s been the best fun I’ve had in sailing, ever. I want to do it again in six months at The Hague. And in a few years, I want to do an Olympic campaign.”
Gold: Sebastian Kempe (BER)
Mixed Two Person Multihull Nacra 15
Thomas Proust and Eloïse Clabon (FRA) won catamaran gold after coming out on top of a match race against Kay Brunsvold and Cooper Delbridge (USA) who had to settle for silver. Axel Grandjean and Noémie Fehlmann (SUI) sailed a good final day to take bronze for Switzerland.
“Today we needed to keep a cool head and do what we could to avoid any risk or dangers on the racecourse,” said Clabon, aged 17. Proust, 15 years old, added: “We are so happy to win here. Next year we want to race again [in the Youth Worlds] and we want to win it again.”
Gold: Thomas Proust and Eloïse Clabon (FRA)
Male Skiff 29er
Hugo Revil & Karl Devaux (FRA) did enough to protect their yellow jersey and win gold. In the battle of the brothers, a second place in the final race was good enough for Mateo and Simon Codoñer Alemany (ESP) to seize silver from Ian and Noah Nyenhuis (USA) who finished in bronze.
“We never give up, we fight to the very end,” said Devaux. “It was a close battle so to come through and win this, win the Youth World Championships! It is an amazing feeling.”
Gold: Hugo Revil & Karl Devaux (FRA)
Although Emily Mueller and Florence Brellisford (GBR) had narrowly taken gold with a race to spare after beating the Americans on tiebreak countback, the British went out sailing for fun in the final race. And they won! So GBR won skiff gold, followed by Charlie Leigh and Sophie Fisher (USA) in silver and Alja Petric and Katja Filipic (SLO) in bronze.
“We didn’t really know what to expect coming into the event,” said Mueller. “Winning is just something we couldn’t have imagined because there are so many amazing sailors here. So to have won is really surprising. But it’s just an amazing way to win our last event in the 29er.” Brellisford added: “Today was our last race in the 29er, so quite sad, but great that we’ve ended on a high. The racing’s been really close between us and the USA. Can’t quite believe we’ve won the Youth Worlds, it’s amazing. We really didn’t imagine this when we started out in the 29er.”
Gold: Emily Mueller and Florence Brellisford (GBR)
Male/Mixed Two Person Dinghy 420
In today’s final race, Spain and Israel found themselves struggling in the teens and heading towards their worst results of the week. Meanwhile, Florian Krauss and Jannis Summchen (GER) put the hammer down to take the lead and move into gold medal position. Late improvers in the regatta, Thomas Sitzmann and Luke Woodworth (USA), overtook Germany on the final run but it didn’t matter to Krauss and Summchen. They had won gold. Leaders all week, Ian Clive Walker March with Finn Dicke (ESP) had to satisfy themselves with silver and bronze went to Roi Levy and Ariel Gal (ISR).
“It’s unbelievable,” said Krauss. “We worked so long for this. This was our last 420 regatta, now we look at what comes next, maybe 470, maybe 49er. This year has been incredible for us. We won the German Championship. Unfortunately, the European Championship didn’t go so well and so now it’s incredible to win here.”
Gold: Florian Krauss and Jannis Summchen (GER)