Club Marine Victorian Junior and Youth Championship finished with a blowout
by Australian Sailing - Kate Lathouras
Photo - Alex McKinnon
Day two of the 2017 Club Marine Victorian Junior and Youth Championship at Royal Brighton Yacht Club was cancelled when the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning to the Port Phillip Bay.
All 165 competitors stayed on shore as the 40 knot squalls blew through the area. With racing cancelled presentations were brought forward and winners were based on the three races completed yesterday.
Victorian Regional Manager, Gavin Wall, addressed the cohort at the presentation. Gavin said,
“It’s unfortunate that the weather hasn’t been kind to us but we all get to head home a bit earlier and be with our family. It was a collaborative effort by competitors and the 70 volunteers yesterday to get three races completed considering the winds were also quite strong. I’d like to thank the officials, volunteers, parents, coaches, staff and competitors for bringing this event together. I’d also like to acknowledge the efforts and sponsorship from Club Marine as our official naming rights sponsor for the regatta.”
After Gavin opened the presentation Tim Grogan, chairman of the Victorian coaching committee, introduced the 2017/18 Victorian Sailing Team. Tim said,
“The Victorian Sailing Team is a great program aimed at supporting sailors to self-develop themselves with the onus on them to practice. These sailors have a fantastic opportunity and a great year planned and we wish to congratulate our new team.” The IKA Twin Tip was the newest additions to this regatta. Aaron Kenny took the win in the IKA Twin Tip. Aaron recapped this new experience,
“When I heard there was the potential for kiting to be in the Olympics in the future I was very excited to give racing a go and when I found out that kiting was to be included in this regatta I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been kiting for six years now and have usually done freestyle. It was great to interact with the sailors at this regatta as I learnt a lot about the tactics and strategy and their perspective in racing. I look forward to continuing racing where I can!”
Next year both the IKA Twim Tip and Nacra 15 will be included in the Australian Youth Championships to be held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 11 – 15 January 2018.
In addition to the youth sailors and classes at this event were the junior classes which included the Open Bic, Minnow and Optimists. For some in the junior classes this was their first regatta and first time in the strong conditions. Well done to everyone who participated in this regatta.
Congratulations to all the competitors who competed at this regatta and to those who completed the coaching clinic. Next year’s event is being held from the 7 to 8 April (2018) at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club.
This regatta was proudly supported by Club Marine.
More Youth State/Territory Championship across Australia will be held later in the year dates can be found on the Youth Champs website.
For a full list of results click here.
All the action can be found on the Australian Youth Championships website www.youthchamps.org.au and on the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/AusYouthChamps/. Competitors are encouraged to use the social tag #vicyouthchamps in any posts they create during this event.