Bronze Medal for Hong Kong Laser
Radial Youth Worlds

Hong Kong sailor, Nicholas Bezy, represented Hong Kong at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds and brought home a bronze medal — a new record for Hong Kong sailors. The event was held in Medemblik, The Netherlands, in August 2017. Sailors from 44 countries took part in the event.

Ben Koppelaar, the coach of Hong Kong Sports Institute, was thrilled with the results and told the story, “In preparation for the Radial Youth Worlds, we trained a week in Medemblik to get used to the conditions. The Ijsselmeer is very choppy and shifty with an offshore breeze. Nicholas Bezy and Malik Hood had just sailed the U21 Worlds in Laser Standards in windy conditions, so we wanted to use limited but effective hours on the water. After our evaluation from the previous event we focused mainly on strategy, downwind speed and starting in the build up to this competition.

With 273 entries in the Boys fleet, this was one of the biggest World Championships in years. The boys raced in four fleets over four days of qualifying series. The last two days the sailors were divided into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Emerald fleets. The first four days (qualifying) were very light — between 4 and 8 knots. After a great start on the first day (3,1) and some good races in the next few days, Nick qualified 17th into the Gold fleet for the final two days. In the finals he really pulled it off with brilliant starts, great upwind strategy and boat speed. He stayed focused on the process (not on the results) and kept learning and improving during the whole event. Very impressive!”

Results for the Hong Knog Team can be found at http://www.laserradialworlds. com/results/results-laser-radial-youth/ About Hong Kong Sailing Federation The Hong Kong Sailing Federation (HKSF) is the national authority for the sport of sailing in Hong Kong. HKSF membership consists of individuals, associations and clubs.
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2017激光雷迪爾級青年世界錦標賽早前於8月在荷蘭的梅登布利克舉行,比賽中的運動員來自多達44個國家,代表香港參賽的帆船小將Nicholas Bezy於是次比賽中表現出色,為香港爭取到一面銅牌,亦為帆船運動創下一項新的紀錄。

香港體育學院教練Ben Koppelaar為賽果感到非常興奮,他回想起說:「團隊曾提前一星期到梅登布利克以作適應,發現艾瑟爾湖的海面在離岸風影響下較波 濤洶湧,而早前Nicholas Bezy 與Malik Hood在雷射標準世界錦標賽 (U21組別) 中亦遇到大風的情況,因此我們知道需要在有限的時間內作有效的前進。經過該 次經歷,我們更加著重於策略,例如在比賽遇到順風時該如何建立速度。

此次比賽男子組的參賽人數達273人,是近年來的大型國際賽事之一。一系列 的資格賽分四日進行,而在最後兩天則會根據成績將選手分配到金、銀、銅和翡 翠綠的組別,繼續角逐名次。

首四天的資格賽的航行速度圍繞每小時4至8海浬,Nick (Nicholas Bezy) 於 第一天便取得優勢(分別於第一場及第二場資格賽奪得第三和第一名次) ,往後的 資格賽也取得不俗成績,最後以排名17擠身到金組別。進行金組決賽時,他憑著 技術於逆風下乘風而上,展開優勢,專心致志投入比賽的過程而非結果,他不斷 學習、力求進步的態度令我非常深刻。」


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