Picton's Taylor Burn and Tauranga's Oscar Rorvic had a day to forget at the junior European 420 sailing championships in Italy yesterday.
Having won the Silver Fleet title at the 420 Open World Championships in Austria and opened their European Champs campaign in impressive fashion on Tuesday where they were 18th overall at the end of sailing, things didn't go to plan yesterday, as Rob Burn, Taylor's father explained in an email from Italy this morning
"A day is a long time in a sailing regatta. The wind had almost come in by the time the 420s launched around noon.
"Today was the first of six races of the final series to decide the European junior champion (under 19) from the Gold Fleet. High stakes for most including Taylor and Oscar who going into today were poised towards the front of the pack.
"The breeze duly came in and as each race sailed, I watched their podium chances get slimmer and slimmer. They remained consistent around the 23rd position, sometimes they had got into the mid teens but couldn't hold it.
"Their breeze too, [was] building as the day went on. As I write, and to add insult to injury, they are in a protest now which they may well lose and get disqualified.
"Worst of all, the race committee decided on three races today, two tomorrow with one left on the last day to match the ‘Medal Race' that only the 470s have - the first 10 race off for double points.
"Unhappy sailors make mistakes and so the day has not ended well.
"Before the results of the protest are known, the boys are in 20th position (from 113), still good for their lack of experience in the class, but well short of their high standards."
For more information and results, visit 420sailing.org/junior europeans.
- The Marlborough Express
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