NSW Youth Championships day one cancelled as 30-knot winds set in
by Australian Sailing - Stacey French
Day one of the 2016 New South Wales Youth Championships has been cancelled with wind gusts reaching in excess of 35 knots.
Principal Race Officer, Andrew McLachlan said that the conditions were consistent all morning with no signs of improvement.
“At the NSW Youth Championships the top wind speed for sending competitors on the water is 22 knots and it hasn’t gone below 27 knots since 9am this morning,” McLachlan said
“At times it got up to 32 knots gusting and anything up to 39 and it’s way too strong. In addition to that the tides is running out and we have a boat out in Botany Bay that told us that the wave conditions out there were more like Port Phillip Bay in Victoria!
“The tide changes in the afternoon so even if the wind did decided to go down today it would still be unsafe for youths to be sailing.”
2016 Olympic Silver Medallist, Will Ryan stopped by 2016 NSW Youth Championships helping keep competitors entertained while waiting onshore.
Ryan showed off his Silver Medal, took some fan photos and answered questions about what it takes to compete on the world stage.
Conditions for day two of competition are expected to sunny with 15-knot north easterlies as race officials plan to complete five races.
Tomorrow starts at 0830 at George’s River Sailing Club with the race briefing. The Sailing Instructions can be found HERE
The NSW Youth Championships are proudly supported by; NSW Government through Transport for NSW, Nautilus Marine Boat Insurance, Gill Marine Technical Clothing, Steve Jarvin Motors, Tohatsu Outboards, Lejen Marine and Sydney Harbour Boat Storage.
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Will Ryan with the Victorian Sailors at the NSW Youth Championships CREDIT Robin Evans