Tasmanian Youth Sailing Championships 2018
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania off-the-beach sailors William Sargent and Max Gluskie finished with equal points in the Laser Radial division of the 2018 Tasmanian Youth Championships sailed on the Tamar River last weekend.
The two duelled throughout the seven-race regatta, with Sargent winning the series on a countback, scoring three race wins to Gluskie’s two.
Third place went to Ryan Moreton, who is a member of the host club, the Tamar Yacht Club and the RYCT, while two just points back was another RYCT OTB sailor, Nicholas Smart.
The 2018 Tasmanian Youth Championships on the broad reaches of the Tamar between Beauty Point and Tamar Island with 40-plus competitors from clubs around the State.
On Saturday racing started at midday when the sea-breeze filled in. 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.
In the Laser 4.7s, Matilda O’Donoghue from the Sandy Bay Sailing Club excelled in all seven races ticking off five straight wins. Abbey Calvert from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania placed second and Sarah Sargent from the same club, third.
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 finished strongly recording four wins with the worst recorded placing being third.
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.
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 Australian Youth team members Alice Buchanan and Derlua Duggan took first place two points ahead of the boys Oscar O’Donoghue and Rupert Hamilton. In third place was Oliver Pritchard and Brendan Crisp.
Words and photos: Yachting Tasmania/Peter Campbell
6 March 2019