Each month US Sailing nominates the top performing athletes in Olympic and Paralympic class sailing competition.
Top performance at the ISAF Youth Sailing Championship came from Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), who finished 4th overall in the RS:X girl’s (windsurfing) class. Over 350 sailors from 61 nations competed in the 43rd running of the regatta. Making her debut at the international championship, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athlete Marion Lepert surged to the top of the 22-boat RS:X Girl’s fleet on day 1. Her scoreline in the 13-race series include two first-place finishes (races 2 and 9) and a string of top-10 finishes. Going into the final day of racing in 4th overall and with one race to capture a podium position, Lepert explained that the day was a culmination of the week’s racing. She finished the final race in 4th and secured 4th overall behind girls from China, Italy and The Netherlands. A member of St. Francis Yacht Club, 17-year-old Lepert is a Formula Windsurfing world champion.
Team Athletes of the Month – U.S. Youth Worlds Team
After five days of competitive racing in Limassol, Cyprus, the 2013 ISAF Youth World Championship concluded with five top-10 finishes for the U.S. Youth World Team. Top performance of the week came from Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), who finished 4th overall in the RS:X girl’s class. Over 350 sailors from 61 nations competed in the 43rd running of the regatta.
Final standings U.S. Youth World Team, 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds:
4th – RS:X Girls (windsurfing): Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.)
5th – Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas)
6th – 29er (open high performance dinghy): Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.)
7th – International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Wade Waddell (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Henry Fernberger (New York, N.Y.)
8th – SL16 (multihull): Ravi Parent (Bradenton, Fla.) and Sam Armington (Sarasota, Fla.)
11th – International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Casey Klingler (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Fiona Walsh (Rye, N.Y.)
16th – Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Addison Hackstaff (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
22nd – RS:X Boys (windsurfing): Maximo Nores (Miami, Fla.)
Nations Trophy: USA finished 7th out of 46 national teams
Photos by Marina Fort/marinafort.com