The World Championships ended yesterday at the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, an iconic Sydney club crowned with three world titles, with a Corsican team winning gold. The 2003 sailing team was composed of Ange Delers (SR Antibes), Corentin Goulen (CN Caledonian), Erwan Feliu (SN Estac Mourebien), Julia D’Amodio (Cannes Jeunessy) and Julien Bunnell (Bays Nautique Mareshon). The flagship event, held over five days in Australia, gave France its first title in the Youth Match-Racing World Cup.
The first day of the round robin went well for the Bunel team, winning 4 and losing 2 to finish 4th. The next day was more complicated as they didn’t go as planned and failed to get on their game and were relegated to 8th place. Place. Forced to play for their place in the quarter-finals for a new round robin, the 2003 rowing team had a very good day and finished in the lead, conceding 6 wins to 1 loss, thus confirming qualification for the rest.
At the end of these events the race format changes. The top four choose their opponent and victory is determined by 3 victory points. Robbie McCutcheon, selected by the New Zealand team, Bunel and his partners looked deep into themselves to snatch the victory. After taking a 2-0 lead, the opposition equalized before winning the 5th match at the wire. “I spent my most physically and mentally difficult day on the water” Mare e Vela Runner believed.
Victory in the final against the Australian goal topper after the 5th match
In the semifinals, they faced one of the favorites, American Jeffrey Peterson, the defending champion, undefeated in 14 matches played. The French team were imperious, buoyed by their victory the previous day and at the height of their form, they won all three matches and defeated the Americans 3-0.
It now beat local Australian goal topper in the final. Julian Bunnell won the first two races, but in the next two he was leading the races, only to be caught before crossing the finish line at the last moment and suffer defeat.
In the fifth decisive match, a cannon shot at the end greeted the Corsican crew who were finally crowned world champions. “We are very happy, this week has been very strong and full of emotions! What a joy and what a reward to win this title, which completes a year of madness, after the titles of the young vice-champion of France. And the young European vice-champion. To everyone who supports us, FFVoile, the Corsican community, Corsican Thank you to Sailing and the Southern League, our Poles, our Clubs, our coaches and our families.
1- France Ange Delers, Julia D’Amodio, Julian Bunnell, Corentin Goulen, Erwan Felio 2- Australia Cole Tapper, Max Brennan, Hamish Vaz, Chelsea Williams 3- USA Jeffrey Pietersen, Justin Callahan, Enzo Mendito, Daniel Bello, Daniel Bello
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