and I want to get another one so I have to be foucssed on not just being in front of Gasper, but being in front of most of the other guys as much as possible. With the AC45,
because our team is half Finn sailors, we decided to just turn up and some those regattas, and to focus on the Finn until the Olympics. After the Olympics we will focus much more on the America’s Cup.â€
It’s been a long time since a Raudaschl was at the the front of an international fleet, but after his best first day ever at a major champinship Florian Raudaschl sits in third place. He said, “I had good speed and some good luck today and then it’s easy. Once you are in front in this wind then it’s easier to stay there. The biggest difference for me is that I have been able to do more training. I have a coach now and I have trained more and worked less. The conditions suited me. I like the choppy water and light winds. The results were a bit unexpected, but I had a good feeling already in my training. I am using the same gear as I did in Perth but in my head it is much better.â€
In the Juniors, Michal Jodlowski (POL) leads in 22nd overall after placing 20th and 26th. But just one place behind on equal points is Dimitar Vangelov (BUL), while Tomas Hrncal (CZE) is 20 points further back. The current Junior World Champion, Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS), struggled today and lies in 34th overall, and fourth junior. The Junior Championship is as hard fought for as the senior championship, and often more so, as for these young sailors, a win at this level is a big acheivement and opens up many paths for future funding and support.
Fleet racing continues until Friday, with the medal race for the top 10 and the final race for the reest on Saturday 24th March.
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