Winners determined at 2018 Tasmanian Youth Championships
The 2018 Tasmanian Youth Championships has concluded with a total of seven races being sailed off Tamar Yacht Club’s Beauty Point clubhouse in varying conditions.
To begin AP flag was raised and there was a slight delay to day one’s racing waiting for the wind to fill in. The 40 plus competitors had some time to kill and the management team in Tasmania made some great videos that can be viewed via the Facebook page.
Eventually the sea-breeze picked up and racing started at midday. As with all good sea-breezes the wind kept strengthening to a peak for 15 knots and maintained its direction which allowed the Race Officials to complete five races.
Day two presented similar conditions with a postponement at the beginning waiting again for the breeze to come in. By the afternoon racing was held and got away two races that completed the event with a total of seven races.
The Laser Radials had stiff competition with first and second racing neck and neck for the majority of the event. William Sargent and Max Gluskie from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania raced with flair as each traded wins with each race. Finishing with the same point score the win when to William as he scored one more win overall than Max. Coming in third was Ryan Moreton from the Tamar Yacht Club.
The top three 29ers raced very close to each other and with such stiff competition there was no room for mistakes. With all three from Sandy Bay Sailing Club there was plenty of club bragging rights on the line. At the end of the day the “Smiling Assassins” Alice Buchanan and Derlua Duggan took first place two points ahead of the boys Oscar O’Donogue and Rupert Hamilton. In third place was Oliver Pritchard and Brendan Crisp.
Matilda O’Donogue from the Sandy Bay Sailing Club excelled in all seven races ticking off five straight wins giving her first place overall. In second place was Abbey Calvert from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and third place was Sarah Sargent from the same club.
This year’s event also combined the 2018 Sabot State Championships which saw some exciting racing and the event was also a great introduction into competitive racing for those starting out.
With mid-fleet fluctuations of results Taylor Edmunds from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club left the others to take the lead and finished strongly recording four wins with the worst recorded placing being third. Following in second place was Daniel Maree from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. In third place was Ruby Edmunds from Port Dalrymple who finished on the same points as Daniel but overall recorded less higher placings.
These young competitors knew their stuff tackling on the conditions and navigating their boats through the traffic and developing the skills and knowledge that only come through practice. It was a great event for them with Nicolas Jones winning the division.
The 420 dynamic duo, Ethan Price and Leif Folden from Wynyard Yacht Club sailed exceptionally well with excellent boat handling and boat speed. In the Flying 11s Oscar Prichard took the win from his counterpart Lara Racape and Lucia Gasperini. Sam Hillcoat took out the pacer fleet and finally Hugo Allison and Grace Hooper had a strong regatta in their International Cadet.
All results can be found here.
All photos of the regatta can be accessed on the Aus Youth Champs Facebook Page.
All eyes now turn to the South Australian State Youth Championships being held later this month from the 24 to 25 March at Largs Bay Sailing Club.