GRSC Youth Sailors do their club proud at the 2017/18 National Championships

Our GRSC youth sailors have delivered some fantastic results at the recent 2017/18 'summer of sail’ Nationals and Youth Championships at Royal Qld Yacht Squadron in January. It was a very action packed and exciting few weeks that saw 11 of our sailors go up against the best sailors from around the country.

The first of the regattas saw Daniel Costandi compete in the Oceania and Australian National Laser Championships (Dec 27 - Jan 4th) which had 170 Laser sailors from across Australia, and overseas across 4.7’s, radials and standards. The nationals is a mandatory event for qualification into the World Championships later this year. Its very pleasing to be able to share with you that Daniel finished 15th overall (from 62 boats), and was the 7th Australian male and 6th Junior in the fleet. With his 7th Australian male result, this has qualified him for a spot in the Australian squad to attend the Laser 4.7 World Championships later this year in Poland. Needless to say he is thrilled about going overseas again for his 2nd World's campaign in as many years.

The next regatta was the Australian & Open Optimist Championships held between Jan 4th and 10th. This regatta saw just on 260 sailors across Open, Intermediate and Green fleet from Australia, and overseas competing. Light winds dominated the regatta and again very happy and proud to be sharing some great results including:

Open Fleet (135 boats)

Finley Scade (Gold Fleet) 12th
Josh Whitten (Gold Fleet) 25th
Ryan Ewings (Gold Fleet) 59th
Ava Whitten (Silver Fleet) 10th

Intermediate Fleet (76 boats)

Cameron Scade - 3rd place
Ben Costandi - 11th place
Hannah Kernohan - 27th place
Brodie Ewings - 34th place
Matt Kernohan - 52nd place

In further good news, both Finley and Josh are in the Top 40 Australian Optimist Sailors and as such have qualified  as part of a team to travel abroad to compete. Finley will be attending the European Optimist Championships in the Netherlands, whilst Josh will be attending the Nth Americans in Mexico. In further good news, Ava Whitten has also made the Australian Optimist Girls Squad to travel to HK for the HK Nationals

The final regatta was the 2018 Australian Youth Championships (Jan 11-15) which was attended by over 160 sailors across Laser Radials, 29er’s, 420’s, Nacra 15 and BIC Techno Plus. We had Daniel Costandi and Ben Kernohan flying the flag for GRSC in the Laser 4.7’s and Alex Halank in the BIC Techno’s.

Very pleased to say that Daniel took it up a couple of gears following the Nationals and finished 4th overall from 46 boats (and was the 2nd NSW sailor). A top 5 result at an Australian Youth Champ event is a great reward for Daniel and all the hard work he has been putting in this past season. Ben Kernohan was competing in his 1st ever Laser regatta and was not daunted in anyway by the level of competition on hand. Infact, he placed 12th in one race and finished 43rd overall, a great outcome especially given the strong breeze we had on most days. We hope Ben will continue on with Lasers and hope to see him at many more regattas moving forward… and in the BIC Techno’s, Alex Halank had some great competition from a NZ’er in Max Van der Zalm, and finished 2nd overall. It was a battle for the top 2 in that class all regatta. Alex has also qualified to be part of the Australian Sailing team for his third Youth World Championships.Well done Alex!

The youth of GRSC have much to be proud of and I have no doubt we will continue to see successes like the above in years to come. I hope many of our new sailors at GRSC (Opti and Youth), will join us next year in Tasmania for the Nationals and to represent their club in these very exciting 'summer of sail' regattas.

Congratulations to all GRSC Youth Sailors!

Youth Class Captain


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