Young Tasmanian sailors set the pace
Young Tasmanian sailors, aged from eight to 16, are setting the pace at national one-design dinghy Australian championships on the Derwent and on Adelaide’s St Vincents Gulf.
On Hobart’s River Derwent, Royal Yacht club of Tasmania sailors Brendan Crisp and Daniel Maree today scored their third win in five races at the Flying 11 nationals being conducted by his home club. They now have a huge 17 point margin over their nearest rivals.
At the Australian Youth Championships off the Adelaide Sailing Club another RYCT off-the-beach division member Sam King has won two of the five races so far sailed in the Laser Radial Class. He is ranked as overall leader, although on equal points with a West Australian sailor.
In the 29er class at the Youth Championships, Sandy Bay Sail Club team, Hugo Hamilton and Hugh Hickling, won two of the first races on Wednesday, to lead the 44-boat fleet. Yesterday they slid down the leader board to fifth after posting a 23-8-21 score,
Young Tasmanians filled the first four placings in the first race of the International Cadet’s 55th Australian championships being sailed out of Largs Bay Sailing Club.
In a close finish, Matilda and Oscar O’Donoghue won the race from Isabella Declerck and Isabel Willcox. In third place came Jacob McConaghy and Sam Hooper while fourth went to William Cooper and Hugo Allison. Only 40 seconds separated the first four boats, all from Sandy Bay Sailing Club.
In other results, Nicholas Smart in 10th overall after six races in the Laser 4.7s, while in the Laser Radials the next best placed Tasmania after leader Sam King are Joshua Ragg 17th, Joshua Harriss 18th, Max Gluskie 19th and Joshua Jones in the 47 boat fleet.
In the 29ers, William Wallis and William Sargent are eighth overall while Jasmin Gilbraith and Chloe Fisher are 15th overall and third in the all-girl crew division. Both crews notched up the best results, a third place on today’s racing.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Australian Sailing, Beau Outteridge, Flying 11 Association.
12 January 20