Sanya, China delivered the tensest final day in the history of the Youth Sailing World Championships with eight gold medals decided on the final run to the finish line.
It was a tense finale in the Nacra 15 as Switzerland’s Max Wallenberg and Amanda Bjork-Anastassov overhauled Australia’s Shannon and Jayden Dalton.
Their fifth in the final race compared to the Australians eighth meant they were both tied on 57-points but the Swiss won via countback thanks to a win in the fifth race of the series.
It could have been completely different for the Swiss team after issues during the race as Wallenberg explained, “Our jib fell on the upwind but Amanda went to the front and fixed it and everything was fine in the end but when that happened it became very intense and stressful. We thought our championship would end there and we’d be dead last and in fourth. But we kept on and well, we won,” he smiled.
“It’s a big thing to win this. It’s an amazing feeling and hard to describe because to win this championship you need to work hard to even get here and have a lot of talent. I think, without our coach, our families and our yacht club we wouldn’t have made it here.”
Italy’s consistent performance across the week means they win their fourth Nations’ Trophy.
All of the sailors’ will be celebrated at the closing ceremony this evening with the winners receiving World Sailing medals and perpetual trophies.
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