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Bryant is aiming for the Malaysian youth worlds following the
ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne and Sail Sydney, all adding
up to a big summer for the second half of the talented Bryant
siblings from Pittwater. Older sister Natasha finished eighth in
the 29er class skippering Smiling Assassins.
Jack Littlechild (WSC) joined his younger brother Ryan
(Optimist Open winner) on the podium finishing second with
Fast For ward, third was Antony Hawke on Nemesis (RPAYC).
Talented Finn Alexander from
Double Bay SC proved himself against
the Laser Radial line-up, putting his boat
Infinity beyond Victorian Brody Riley and
Spindrift representing Mornington YC by
five points. Third was another Victorian
boat, Will Fox and Ozone.
This is Alexander’s third year in the Laser Radial class and
representing Australia at the Olympics is his ultimate goal.
The only all girl team to take out the top podium placing at
the NSW states were Youth Sailing Team sailors Charlotte Griffin
and Chelsea Connor in the 420 class, their first win as a new
combination. Representing Middle Harbour YC and RPAYC, Crush
edged out Xavier Winston-Smith and Alec Brodie on Selden for Sailing.
Connor admits it feels good to beat the boys. “ They were
trying to psyche us out this morning saying there was only one
point in it, but we don’t let them get to us ... it’s good to have a
joke around,” she laughed.
Final points were tight in the
Optimist Open fleet. Across seven
races, newcomer to the top three, Ryan
Littlechild’s Rallar, managed to out-sail
Archie Cropley’s Archernator 3.1 and
Australia’s top ranked Opti sailor, Henry
Otto skippering Chippa, by one point.
“ This is the first time I’ve been at the front,” the Woollahra SC
junior said, not realising he’d taken out the series.
OPTIMIST INTERMEDIATE FLEET
Ethan Loveski from Dobroyd Aquatic Club took top honours
in the Intermediate fleet from Jeremy Gray and Luca Gambacorti.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s
Flying 11 teams of William Wallis
and Lara Racape on Flying Colours
and Brendan Crisp and Daniel Maree
on Wedgewood hogged the top of the
leaderboard all regatta, posting top
placings consistently over seven races.
The NSW team of MWD collected third overall.
In the Invited classes Thomas Larkings from Lane Cove 12ft
Skiff SC made a clean sweep of the Sabot 1-ups with six wins
from six races against a field of 24. In the BIC Opens Thomas
Wright (Sailing Biro) achieved the same perfect score, six from
six for the Queensland sailor from Southport YC.
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Due to lack of wind, final results at the Yachting NSW Youth
Championships held on Botany Bay from 3-5 October and hosted
by Georges River Sailing Club stood as at the close of racing on
Sunday, the breeze shutdown thwarting any chance of a start
Close to 300 dinghies and skiffs headed to their respective
course area in hope but the window was too tight and after an
hour long wait officials sent everyone back to shore and out of
the hot sun, and that’s where the racing ended.
Winning 29er pair of Kurt Hansen
and Jim Colley (RPAYC/GSC) sailing
the skiff Objective appreciated how close
Tom Crockett and Tom Grimes from
the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club came to
the current Australian class champions
and past 29er world champion skipper.
“It was really close and would have
been fun to have a tussle with the other fellas on the final day,
they are really good, and that Crockett he’s a grommet – and
smart,” Hansen said.
NSH Plasterboard & Timber (B16SSC) finished two points behind,
third was Amelia Stabback and Pia Doyle with Spike (MH16SSC).
Nathan Bryant’s two point lead going into day three was
enough to deliver up the overall Laser 4.7 win to the Royal Prince
Alfred YC sailor when racing was abandoned.
Yachting NSW Youth Championships
Laser 4.7 winner.
Jim Colley and
winning Open Opti.
Wallis and Racape win
Flying 11 div for RYCT.
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