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Clearing skies and a shifty 12-15 knots concluded the 2017
Australian Youth Championships held at the Adelaide Sailing Club,
South Australia from 10-14 January. Following four days of intense
racing the five youth classes completed all ten races and the top
three podium places were awarded.
In addition to crowning the 2017 Australian Youth Champions,
a selection of twelve athletes were announced as the newest
members of the Australian Sailing Youth Team; these athletes will
represent Australia in the 2017 World Sailing Youth Championships
at Akko, Israel in July.
After only completing one race on Day 4, the 29er fleet had the
task of ensuring three races were completed to finish the regatta.
After two bullets Henry Larkings and Miles Davey (NSW) won the
29er boys division by three points.
“ We just wanted to sail a clear race and protect our placing by
keeping Tom (Crockett) and Max (Paul) within arm’s reach of us
for all races. It was a tough day of racing but we’re stoked that we
sailed consistently well for the regatta,” Larkins said.
Retaining their lead for the duration of the event, Natasha Bryant
and Annie Wilmot (NSW) claimed the win the girl’s 29er division.
“ We had a rough day on the water today but managed to keep our
third position overall and first (in the girls). We’re looking forward
to representing Australia again,” they said, excited for another win
following their crowning as World Sailing Youth World Champions
in the Women’s 29er late last year.
Otto Henry (NSW) and Rome Featherstone (WA) took two
bullets to continue their winning streak and finished in first place
for the Boys 420 division.
“ We hadn’t had much training in the waves so this regatta has
been great for our development,” they said. “ The event has been
a lot of fun and there were a lot of boats here competing, which
is great. We also didn’t have a coach so it was great to have the
support of our parents out there.”
Laura Harding and Eleanor Grimshaw (VIC) retained their week-
long lead and took the win in the Girls 420 division.
“ We’ve been training a lot so we’re pretty happy where we
finished with a win overall for the girls (division),” the pair said.
“It was a hard last day on the water but we just tried to keep a top
10 result today to maintain a top 5 position overall, which we did.”
Jack Littlewood (NSW) sailed well with a first and second
placing in the tricky conditions. This had him placed first overall
and in the Boys Laser 4.7 division.
Kristen Wadley (QLD) continued her win in the Girls Laser
4.7 fleet and managed to secure a seventh overall in a highly
The large Laser Radial fleet had a focus on clear air and strategy
with the challenging breeze. This added to the nail biter of a race in
the Girls Laser Radial class and with only a two point separation,
Marlena Berzins (NSW) took the win.
“I had a rough national championships so it feels good to come
away with a win at this event,” Marlena said.
Caelin Winchcombe (WA) already had a good handle on the
win at the beginning of the day’s racing.
“I knew that I had a good chance of winning at the start of the
day and after my first race I had won with a race to spare,” Caelin
said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’m really happy with my win.”
After a successful day on the water on Friday and with a second
and fifth place on the final day Hailey Lea (QLD) managed to ‘seal
the deal’ and take the win in the girls Techno 293 from Courtney
“I’m really happy to have won and I’d like to thank my family for
supporting me for the past nine months,” Hailey said.
Despite one capsize where he finished with a second, Alexander
Halank (NSW) ‘scored a picket fence’ for the event.
“ The winds were pretty shifty out there but I loved the conditions.
It was a great last day on the water and I just wanted to thank my
family and my coach, Max, for their help,” an excited Alexander said.
The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron will host the Australian
Youth Championships next year from the 11-15 January, 2018.
h Kate Lathouras
2017 Australian Youth Championships
Joshua Page and Liam Forrester
lead the 420 fleet.
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