Monarch Newcomer Wins Laser Youth Worlds Championship
Aug. 17, 2006
MARINA DEL REY, CA-- Incoming freshman sailor Kyle Rogachenko (Collegeville, PA.) became the first American to win the Laser Radial Youth Worlds Championships last weekend.
Rogachenko paced the 70-boat boys' Gold fleet by 10 points. Winds were lighter than Rogachenko preferred at 8 to 9 knots through the afternoon.
"I still had a drop left so I wasn't too worried," Rogachenko said. "It came down to whoever finished ahead of the other in the last race. I made sure I kept him covered until it didn't matter anymore."
Rogachenko was part of a five-person team of East Coast sailors coached by Brett Davis of Naples, FL. The U.S. got three in the top 11.
Rogachenko, who finished eighth at last year's Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Fortaleza, Brazil, said his plan was to "Lool for win pressure because the shifts will come with the breeze."
Kyle Rogachenko's scoring: (16) 2-9-2-7-1-12-10-11-(29)-9 for 62 points.