Noelle clinches world windsurfing title
PUBLISHED: 14:20 09 November 2011
Clevedon’s Noelle Finch clinches the Under-17 world windsurfing title in Sardinia.
NOELLE Finch clinched victory in the RS:X windsurfing U17 fleet on the final day of racing at the 2011 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia.
Over the course of the five-day regatta, Noelle was in fine form from the word go in the RS:X class. The 16-year-old from Clevedon, posted some impressive results in the 39 strong female fleet, in which 22 raced as Under-17s.
A continuous battle between Finch and Shani Rottenberg from Israel was evident across the 10 races which took place. However, the GBR youngster who previously won the Under-17 title at the RS:X Europeans last month, went into the final day with a six point cushion on her closet rival in the hunt for the gold medal.
With Rottenberg the only girl capable of taking gold from Finch’s grasp, the RYA Volvo national junior squad windsurfer did enough to finish ahead of Rottenberg to add the U17 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing title to her ever-growing trophy cabinet. Finch finished a credible sixth overall in the RS:X female fleet.
Noelle said: “After winning the Under-17 European title in Bulgaria in September, my goal for the worlds was to finish in the top half of the fleet, so I was ecstatic with the end result.”
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