QLD Youth Week kicks off tomorrow!
by Australian Youth Championships
The annual Queensland Youth Week, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, kicks off tomorrow 1st July 2016. This five day event, held on Waterloo Bay, has smashed last year’s entry numbers with over 300 competitors registered.
With the various youth world championships looming, many teams are using this event as their last practice before representing Australia overseas where they will turn from competitors to comrades. Podium place getters Annabelle Davies and Hayley Clark are back again to better last year’s results in the 29er and so too are Laura and Hayden Harding (although sailing with different crews) in the 420 class. Last year’s winner in the Laser Radial, Finn Alexander, has returned again for his prelude to the Laser Radial Youth World Championships to be held in Ireland at the end of July.
Not only does this regatta host youth classes but it also encourages the junior classes to compete even accommodating a Green Fleet program. Some of Australia’s top Opti sailors are still overseas competing at the Optimist World Championships in Portugal.
An added feature for this year’s event is event organisers have raised the age limit for 49er and 49erFX competitors to 25 and 23 for Laser Radial (Women’s). This aims to encourage greater numbers and more diverse competition.
Event organisers are also pushing for competitors to be wearing the appropriate life jacket. If you are unsure if your life jacket complies please contact the Regatta Office and ask.
To follow the regatta visit their website www.qldyouthweek.com or click on the links below:
Good luck to all competitors!