Wind Waves and Fun for the 2018 Tasmanian Youth Champs.
This weekend is the Tasmanian Youth Championships being held at Tamar Yacht Club and competitors are eyeing off some great racing in their home state.
With racing being held off Beauty Point in one of the larger sections of the River Tamar competitors will be welcomed to some great racing conditions. The forecast is looking promising with lighter breezes to strengthen slightly throughout the day which will keep the races flowing with minimal delays.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology Saturday is starting off cloudy and cool but by mid-morning, in time for racing, the predicted sea breeze will pick up and will peak at 15knots by the afternoon.
Sunday is looking to have a slight change in wind direction and strength. Competitors can expect a moderate breeze from the south west that’s expected to drop throughout the day.
Max Gluskie, a well-travelled Laser Radial competitor is looking forward to racing on Lake Tamar as not only is it his home state but the location can be “heaps of fun.” Given the open spaces and minimal boat traffic the wind tends to be much steadier and predictable which not only assists those starting out in highly competitive racing but allows seasoned competitors to focus on other aspects of their racing.
With this in mind Max, being a seasoned competitor of three Tasmanian State events is looking forward to the weekend to focus on certain aspects of his racing to perform better than last year.
“Tamar River is a nice open place to sail and I’m really wanting to focus on my starts so I can take control of the fleet on the first upwind leg and I also want to focus on boat speed.” Max said.
The open area and relatively shallow nature of the Tamar when the wind picks up it can produce some solid wave action and to Max this is more of a good thing rather than a bad thing for racing.
“When the wind picks up it can make some nice waves that make it quite fun to race in.” Max said.
At the moment there are total of 28 entries with the number expected to grow in the lead up to the event. As an addition this event will double as the 2018 Sabot State Championships.
For those wanting to compete there is still time to enter. Entries will be taken as late as on the day however, if you enter by the end of today (Wed 28 Feb) the $50 late entry fee will not apply.
Racing kicks off at 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check the socials and website for all the updates.