Sam King wins Radials at NSW Youth Championships

  • October 3, 2017

Hobart sailor Sam King yesterday clinched an impressive overall win in the hotly contested Laser Radial class at the NSW Youth Sailing Championships at Trinity Point on Lake Macquarie.

In another good result for the Tasmanian youth team, 29er sailors William Wallis and Brendan Crisp stormed home to take third place overall.

The NSW Youth championships is one of the biggest off-the-beach regattas in Australia with 277 youth sailors competing in 20 class.

Both the Laser Radials and the 29ers had fleets of 25-plus boats from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Max Gluskie (left) and William Sargent finished equal fourth on points in the Laser Radials.

After winning the first three races for the Laser Radials, King overcame an OCS disqualification (premature starter) mid-regatta with consistent further placings of 5-1-2-4-3 to finish seven points clear of his nearest rival, Queenslander Thomas Needham.

Two other young Hobart sailors also turned in impressive results in the Laser Radial class, William Sargent finished equal fourth on points after nine races.   Sargent followed his win in race seven on Sunday with a 7th and a 9th, taking fourth place on a countback from Gluskie who ended the regatta yesterday with a 5th and 4th.  Joshua Jones from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club finished 15th, George Scott 18th.

In the hotly contested, high performance 29er fleet, Wallis and Crisp stormed home on the final day of racing, a second and a third giving them third place overall.

Rupert Hamilton and Fynn Sprott from Sandy Bay Sailing Club, finished seventh overall, with two 7th places yesterday.

In the Laser 4.7 class, RYCT sailors Abby Calvert finished 15th overall and Sarah Sargent 19th.

Words and photo:  Peter Campbell

3 October 2017