Mid-Regatta Report: Americans Showing Strength at ISAF Youth Worlds

Pictured: I420 leaders Will Logue (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Bram Brakman (Darien, Conn.). Photo: Christophe Launay/ISAF


January 1, 2016

Portsmouth, R.I. – US Sailing’s ISAF Youth Worlds Team has submitted strong results after four days of racing at the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Langkawi, Malaysia. Five American boats are currently battling in the top ten in their fleets, led by Will Logue (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Bram Brakman (Darien, Conn.) who are leading in the Boy’s International 420 class.

“We have two more days of racing ahead,” said Leandro Spina, the team’s head coach, who also serves as Youth Development Director for US Sailing. “Our athletes are focused and looking forward to continuing racing. We have celebrated the new year and regained some energy.”

Laser Radial sailor Nic Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.) has been battling at the top of his fleet since the first day, recording no score worse than 5th until sailing a discardable score in race six. He now sits in third overall. “This is our chance to show the world how good our country has become in recent years,” said Baird prior to the event.

Also within close reach of the podium are Mark Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) and Anderson Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) in the SL16, Christina Klingler (Darien, Conn.) and Victoria Thompson (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the Girl’s I420, and Romain Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) in the Boy’s 29er. Wilson, a 2014 medalist at this event, has returned for an impressive fourth consecutive Youth Worlds.

Pictured: SL16 sailors Mark Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) and Anderson Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.). Photo: Christophe Launay/ISAF

This year’s US Youth Worlds Team has received an unprecedented level of support and training prior to the event, as part of US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), which was started in early 2015. The thirteen Youth Worlds Team sailors, along with over a hundred American training partners, participated in multiple ODP-led training camps in Miami, Florida before departing for Langkawi.  “The level of competition this year is very high, and we are happy with the team’s level of readiness leading into this event,” said Spina. “We have shown ourselves to be a very competitive team here at the Youth Worlds. Our sailors are ready to resume racing, sail their best and earn a strong finish.”

Racing at the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Langkawi, Malaysia will conclude on January 3.

Overall Standings, Day Four:

  • 1st, International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Will Logue (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Bram Brakman (Darien, Conn.)
  • 3rd, Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Nic Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
  • 5th, SL16 (open multihull): Mark Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) and Anderson Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • 5th, International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Christina Klingler (Darien, Conn.) and Victoria Thompson (Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • 7th, 29er (boy’s high performance dinghy): Romain Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.)
  • 11th, RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Maximo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • 14th, Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Christina Sakellaris (Milton, Mass.)
  • 16th, 29er (girl’s high performance dinghy): Alie Toppa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Liza Toppa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Nations Trophy: 3rd

Full Results.

See Also:

Statement by US Sailing Regarding the Israeli Youth Team at the ISAF Youth World Championships 

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