Tasmanian crews first day winners in Cadets

  • January 15, 2017

Hugo Hamilton and Hugh Hinkling (leeward boat) racing in the Australian Youth Championships.

Sandy Bay Sailing Club crews have won the first two races of the International Cadet Australian championship which began off the beaches of Adelaide yesterday.

Two weeks after their luckless results (three disqualifications) at the World championship In Argentina, William Cooper and Hugo Allison won the opening race in a close finish with fellow Tasmanians,  Archer Ibbott and Sammy Legg.

Tasmanians filled the first four placings in the huge 82 boat fleet in race two, with Australian team crew Isabella Declerck and Isabel Wilcox winning from fellow SBSC members Charlie Goodfellow and Toby Legg.

In third place were Matilda and Oscar O’Donoghue, while Cooper and Allison came in fourth.

However, Dominic Randall and Elliott Hughes from Victoria’s Royal Geelong Yacht Club caused an upset in winning race three, the previous placings being a seventh and a 12th.

Tasmanians William Cooper and Hugo Allison, in finishing second, extended their pointscore lead and have seven points on the leaderboard. Second overall on 14 points are Matilda and Oscar O’Donoghue with Isabella Declerck and Isabel Wilcox fourth overall on 16 points.

At Adelaide Sailing Club,  the prestigious Australian Youth Sailing Championship ended yesterday with Sam King from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania finishing second in race 10 to clinch second place in the Laser Radial class by just one point.

King had two wins, two seconds and a third in the regatta, losing by six points to West Australian Caelin Winchombe.

In the 29er double-handed skiff class, Sandy Bay sailors Hugo Hamilton and Hugh Hinkling finished fifth overall while Jasmin Galbraith and Chloe Fisher finished an excellent fifth in the final race of the regatta, giving them second place overall in the women’s division.

Hamilton and Hinkling’s result suffered from a disqualification after crossing the line second in race seven. Yesterday they sailed well for a 7-6-4 scorecard.

Strong to galeforce west to south-westerly winds, gusting to 30 knots, prevented any sailing yesterday on the River Derwent.

However, improved weather today will see some good racing in   the SB20 Australasian Grand Slam and in the final day of  competition in the Flying 11 Australian championships.

Words:  Peter Campbell

Photos:  Beau Outteridge

15 January 2017