Each month US Sailing nominates the top performing athletes in Olympic and Paralympic class sailing competition.
Female Athlete of the Month – Marion Lepert
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