NSW Youth Championships - Botany Bay Produces Quality Sailing Conditions
by Australian Sailing - Stacey French
The second day of the 2016 New South Wales Youth Championships may have been slow to get going but once the breeze came in Botany Bay put on a show for the youth sailors.
With an early start, all competitors were eager to get out on the water after the postponement of day one yesterday. Things didn’t look promising early with some fleets waiting three hours for the breeze to fill in.
PRO, Andrew McLachlan said that while the forecast was promising it was a long wait on some courses.
“At 10am everything was absolutely according to the forecast and then when we got out there the wind dropped off to nothing,” McLachlan said.
“We could see the easterly was there so we were just waiting for it to come through. We were talking to the competitors and they said they were fine and happy to wait, so we stayed out there.
“It was lovely out there in the afternoon with 15-20 knots, perfect for youth sailing.”
The 420 and 29er fleets both enjoyed the day on the water with race committee officials, volunteers and competitors alike wanting to stay out for as long as they could to make the most of the conditions.
Event Manager, Andrew Hawkins said that today’s conditions were typical of Botany Bay and the 420 and 29er fleets supporting that statement.
“It took a while for the breeze to come in but when it did it was definitely worth it with quality racing across all fleets,” Hawkins said.
“With reports coming in late in the afternoon that fleets wanted to keep racing and officials wanting to stay out, you know that Botany Bay is living up to its reputation of providing quality youth sailing conditions.”
The Optimist fleets had the best conditions of the day and started racing as soon as their courses were set. The Intermediate and Open fleets negotiated Course A throughout the day completing seven races across both fleets. Optimist Green fleet were in prime position on Course D outside George’s River Sailing Club much to the delight of competitors and spectators alike.
Day three of the Championships is scheduled to start at 0830 hours with the competitor briefing with racing to commence at 1000 hours.
After an enthralling day of racing, Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone on board Chippa lead the 420 fleet. In second place Sophie McIntosh and Emily Summerrell (Quicky) from Gosford Sailing Club are looking strong winning two races on day two of the NSW Youth Championships.
“We had an interesting day, it was important for us to keep our concentration levels up and keep hydrated,” McIntosh said. “We were out there for quiet a long time but once the racing got going, it started to build and we had a really good day.
“Tomorrow the plan is to sail smart, conservative and keep in front of the boys!”
After four races, which included five first places, the NSW 29er Silly Galah skippered by Tom Crockett and crewed by Max Paul lead the 29er fleet. In a dominant display of racing the boys were pleased with their performance.
“Interesting day, we had had different conditions which started off a bit light and shifty but then it came in stronger in the end and we got some good racing in,” Crockett said.
When asked about the waiting out on the water for the racing to start Crockett said “It’s got to be done, it’s all a part of sailing.”
Thomas Steenson and Cameron Burt (Silly Galah) have a one point lead in the Flying 11s over fellow New South Welshman Jake Barnabas and Tyler Dransfield (Schmick).
Jack Littlechild (Fast Forward) is leading the Laser 4.7 class with George Morton (Stratocaster) from Queensland very close in second followed by Will Cooley (Afterburn) in third.
New South Wales are sitting in first and third in the Laser Radial with Finn Alexander (Infinity) winning three races today sitting in first and Oskar Hansen (N/A) in third. Between the two NSW sailors, Samuel King (RED) from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania holds on to second place.
After three races Oliver Ashton (Blue Ink) leads the Open Bic fleet with Rory Jame Murtagh (Rawfin 2) from Tasmania in second place andDavid Dooley (Walk on Water) rounding out the top three.
In the Opti Open flee Jack Ferguson (Aloha) from Woollahra Sailing Club holds the lead over Blake Wilson (Bougainvillea) from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squardron with Fletcher Walters (Sketchy) from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in third.
Cooper Bellingham (Whooshka) has a comfortable lead with Oscar N W Gree (Greeny Gonzales) in second and Chapman Tanner (Redback) in third.
Optimist Green Fleet
The Optimist Green fleet had a spectacular day out on and off the water with competitors getting a feel for the George’s River Sailing Club waters and learning from the best during the onshore education session.
Queenslander Maxwell Yoshida (Raptor) leads the Sabot fleet with Clancy Dwyer (Stinger) in second and Hugo Darin (Blue Bottle) in third.
Alex Halank (Miss Myflare) leads the fleet with Anthony Charlton (Techno) in second and Courtney Schoutrop (Erised) in third.
The NSW Youth Championships are proudly supported by the 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.
420 sailors McIntosh and Summerrell in action on day two of the NSW Youth Champs CREDIT Robin Evans