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10 April 2001, 08:55 am
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Yachting New Zealand Youth National Championships

Sailors were fortunate enough to have more breeze on Lake Taupo on Tuesdya for Day three of the YNZ Youth National Championships.
The breeze fluctuated, but only reached 15 knots intermittently throughout day, which suited those youth sailors who prefer the stronger conditions. In the 420 Class, Aucklanders Geoff Woolley and Scott Wilkinson (Kohimarama Yacht Club) continued their dominance in the YNZ Youth Nationals on Lake Taupo today in the 420 class. This is the NZ Youth Selection trial to be included in the NZ Youth Sailing Team to compete in the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships in France in July and Woolley and Wilkinson are showing their strength in the range of conditions. They finished the day with 3 bullets to lead overall with four races to go.

In the Laser Men's fleet, things are hotting up, with a battle between Auckland's Michael Bullot and Finland's Rasmus Diesen, with Chris Kitchen in third. Bullot sailed a great day to finish with a 2, 1, 1 to take the lead.

Auckland's Kate O'Brien (Kohimarama Yacht Club) jumped ahead of Miranda Powrie in the Laser Radial class beating her in all four races, and winning the last race of the day, obviously enjoying the stronger conditions. She now lies second overall behind Torbay's Luke Judge who had two 1st, and a 2nd.

Thomas Ashley (Devonport) continued his consistency in the Mistral class today winning every race, from James Eason (Bucklands Beach). Although still not leading overall, this may change when after the 7th race, competitors can drop their worst place. Ashley is currently carrying maximum points for Race 1, when he was disqualified for being over the line early. The girls are fighting it out with Anna Eason sailing consistently to finish ahead of Anita Purdie in 3 out of 4 races. Purdie (Murrays Bay Sailing Club, AKL) is a relative new comer to boardsailing, but has made some huge gains in the last few months with some solid training and she is hot on Eason's tail.

Auckland sailors Brad Thom and Scott Kennedy (Kohimarama Yacht Club) now lead the 29er class after a brilliant day winning all three races. Kennedy/Thom will head to Canada in July to compete in the 29er World Championships, and with their current form will be looking for a great result. Second are Japanese sailors Kamiya/Fry, with Rachel O'Brien/Kelly Riechelmann sailing a consistent day to be in third

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