McIntosh and Summerell Compete Strongly At Youth Worlds
Australian 420 girls team representatives Sophie McIntosh and Emily Summerell competed strongly at the Youth Worlds in Auckland, New Zealand last week. After 5 days of solid racing, the Gosford duo backed up their success from Sail Melbourne to come away in 14th position overall, a commendable performance against the world's best youth sailors.
The Youth Worlds is an annual event which features only one representative team from each nation, in each sailing class. In the 420 girls class, Australia was well represented by national champions and Gosford locals Sophie McIntosh and Emily Summerell. The girls fought hard throughout the week and battled for every point in each race. After 9 races, their best race result was a 4th. McIntosh noted that consisitancy was the ultimate feature in winning the regatta. The defending Polish champions Julia Szmit and Hannah Dzik showed just this, with most race results being in the top 5 overall.
With winds varying from 5 to 25 knots throughout the regatta, McIntosh summed up the racing as being "very close with little separation at times. The geographics of the Youth Worlds Venue (Torbay, NewZealand) meant we had a variety of winds, with very frequent wind shifts. This meant a high degree of varieability, and little room for errors. Sailors were given the exact same equipment so we all had nearly the same speed. This meant points in races were very easy to gain, and very easy to lose".
McIntosh also stated "Despite results it is some very close racing that will enhance our skills long term. The quality of the fleet is at a real world class level. (British girls got 9th at open worlds and now 9th here, Polish team 5th and winning here, German team 7th at worlds and 7th here)".
After the 9 races she ended on a positive note saying "Wow, what an amazing experience! We are very pleased to come away 14th overall, in some very challenging conditions. A massive thankyou to all who helped out and supported us in making it this far!! A special thanks to our long-time super-coach Craig Ferris and Youth Worlds regatta coach Johnny Rodgers. :) We have learnt an enormous amount from this regatta which will enahnce our skills for future sailing endevours". :)
The girls are now home for 3 days before heading down to the 420 open nationals in Adelaide from 2-8 January. Overall Australia came 7th in the nations trophy after posting 2 gold and a bronze medal in other sailing classes.