Tasmanian Youth Championships this weekend
by Australian Sailing
Competitor entries for tomorrow’s 2017 Tasmanian Youth Championships are expected to surpass last year’s 46 sailors with athletes venturing from most corners of the State to attend.
Held at the Midway Point Yacht Club from the 4 – 5 March, this regatta is Australian Sailing’s premier youth sailing championships for Tasmania and with the chance to be crowned youth champion in a youth pathway class, the competition will be fierce.
Paralleling the Tasmanian Youth Championships is the Tasmanian Schools Regatta where sailors from the same school can combine their racing scores and compete to be the lowest scoring schools team to win the title. This regatta also welcomes junior and development classes to come and compete for Club and Class bragging rights.
Australian Sailing’s Regional Manager for Tasmania, Richard McMinn, is looking forward to seeing local youth sailors come together and compete,
“Our youth sailors have had a pretty busy time in the past few weeks, so it’s great to see them come together once again for another one of our State’s great events. We’ve invited an array of classes and with the added dimension of schools racing, it will increase the number of sailors taking part and enjoying themselves. ”
Who to watch at this year’s event:
Hugo Allison, 2015 World Champion, continues his sailing in the International Cadet but has transitioned to skippering with new crew, Grace Hooper. With a number of new teams in the mix there’s an open door to this year’s class champion.
Reigning Tasmanian Laser Radial Youth Champion, Sam King, returns to defend his title but will have steep competition from 2nd and 3rd place-getters Ryan Moreton and Max Gluskie. Max also returns to defend his team’s title in the Schools Regatta.
As last year’s champions move on to the 49er FX, the 29er class is an open field and with stellar performances at the 2017 Australian Youth Championships by skippers Hugo Hamilton and William Wallis (both with new crews), it’s expected they will battle it out for this year’s win.
Racing is set to commence at 1030 tomorrow; all the action can be found on the Australian Youth Championships website www.youthchamps.org.au and on the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/AusYouthChamps/. Competitors are encouraged to use the social tag #tasyouthchamps in any posts they create during this event.