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The Australian Sailing Youth Team (ASYT) brought in 2016
with a bang winning one gold and two silver medals at the 2015
Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia (29
December 2015 – 3 January 2016).
The team’s strong performances across the nine classes also
secured Australia the Nations Trophy for the most successful team.
Fourteen sailors from Queensland, Tasmania, WA and NSW
contested the 45th Youth Worlds, the largest youth sailing regatta
in the world for sailors under the age of 19, in nine classes and as
part of a record number of 425 sailors from 76 countries.
The first gold medal of the Youth Worlds and World Champion
title went to Alistair Young who won the boy’s Laser Radial on
the penultimate day of the event and with one race to spare.
With an uncatchable 21 points total on the fifth day, Young
went in to the final race on Sunday safe in the knowledge that
his work was done. He finished the regatta 20 points ahead of
New Zealand in second.
Young is a returnee to the Youth Worlds arena and he credits
the experience gained from Tavira in 2014 in helping him win.
“After finishing fifth last year I really wanted to better that
results and get to the top. Gold was the ultimate goal here. The
win feels amazing and I’m so stoked. It hasn’t sunk in yet but
words can’t describe it.”
In the girl’s Laser Radial, fellow Western Australian Jacinta
Ainsworth finished her first Youth Worlds in eighth after a solid
week, including a strong fifth place in the final race as well as a
race win and sixth place on the penultimate day.
Western Australians Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith led the 420
fleet until the penultimate day of the regatta when Poland’s Julia
Szmit and Hanna Dzik overtook them just one point ahead after
a double bullet day for the Polish team.
“ We finished in second overall which we are fairly happy with.
Our goal coming into the event was to get on to the podium and
we achieved our goal,” 17-year-old Nia Jerwood said.
In the boy’s 420, newcomers Alec Brodie and Xavier Winston-
Smith put in a solid regatta to finish fourth overall in the 33-boat
Alistair Young –
Youth Sailing World Champion
fleet. With two wins and top-10 finishes for most of the regatta,
including a ninth place in the final race, the pair was satisfied
with their performance.
“ We surprised ourselves in some races and put together all the
training we’ve done, so we’re super satisfied,” Alec Brodie said.
Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf had a strong regatta winning
five out of 13 races but just not enough to catch the defending
champions from France. France won the final three races with
Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf in second and securing the
silver medal as a consequence.
Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf had never sailed a SL16
before the regatta, which made the silver medal extra special.
“ We’ve been training in three different classes since our
selection in July and in the lead up to this regatta. It was a bit
tricky to get your head around this boat on the first day, but we
got the hang of it pretty quickly,” Connor said.
Youth Team returner Jim Colley (NSW) and Youth Worlds first-
timer, and 2014 29er World Champion Kurt Hansen (NSW) sailed
a solid regatta to finish fourth overall. They just missed out on the
podium by four points after a sixth place in Sunday’s final race.
In the 29ers girls fleet Amelia Stabback (NSW) and Pia Doyle
(NSW) finished the regatta with a bang by winning the last race
of the series and moving up the results ladder to finish seventh
Both Australian RSX sailors scored DNF in their final race
with Emma Baillie (QLD) finishing 17th overall in the Girls RSX
at her first Youth Words and Jock Calvert finishing 18th overall
in the Boys RSX.
The Nations Trophy was won by Australia with boy’s Laser
Radial sailor Alistair Young leading the charge for the team. The
Australian team beat New Zealand with France in third.
This is Australia’s fourth Nations Trophy and sees the country
tied in second place historically with Great Britain. France are
still out in front on 11 wins.
Youth Worlds results at http://ww w.isafyouthworlds.com/
h Cora Zillich
The Australian Sailing Youth Team’s strong performances across
the nine classes secured Australia the Nations Trophy.
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