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12 January 2009, 11:35 am
Australian Youth Champions Crowned
The OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Team 2009
The OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Team 2009

OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2009
Mandurah, Australia

Australia's future sailing stars were on show at the 2009 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship, with well over 150 competitors battling for the national titles and selection to the Australia team for the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.
A total of 122 boats and 177 competitors raced at this years' pinnacle Australian youth sailing regatta, the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship which was conducted by the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC). The club is a hidden gem, some even saying it is the best sailing venue in Australia. The teams of officials and volunteers did a fantastic job of making sure everything ran smoothly. The Race Officers, Chris KELLY and Robin OLSEN successfully ran all 11 scheduled races across the four days in a mixture of conditions with one lighter wind race in the morning gradient breeze and two strong wind races in the sea breeze each afternoon.

Eleven Champions were crowned across the five classes; Laser Radial, BIC Techno, 420, Laser 4.7 and 29er. Queensland produced the most winners this year with, Curtis SKINNER winning in the Laser Radial Boys, Ashley STODDART in the Laser Radial Girls, Luke BAILLIE in the BIC Techno Boys, Joanna STERLING in the BIC Techno Girls and the first Australian in the Laser 4.7 was Andrew TORPELUND. Victoria was the next highest performing state, cleaning up in the 29er class with James SLY and Andrew GILLIES winning the boys and Bec TUMA and Emma Louise DALY winning the girls and Alison DALE won the Laser 4.7 Girls. Western Australia won the Boys 420 title with David GILMOUR and James OMAY and South Australia won the Girls 420 title with Lauren THREDGOLD and Megan SOULSBY.

Youth Worlds Team

Not only were there 11 National titles won here but this event also formed the final part of the selection for the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team for the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which will be hosted in Buzios, Brazil from 9-18 July.

OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Team 2009
Event Equipment Team Member
Boy's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial Curtis SKINNER
Girl's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial Ashley STODDART
Boy's Windsurfer RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin Luke BAILLIE
Girl's Windsurfer RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin Joanna STERLING
Boy's Two Person Dinghy 420 David GILMOUR and James OMAY
Girl's Two Person Dinghy 420 Lauren THREDGOLD and Megan SOULSBY
Open Multihull Hobie 16 with Spinnaker Jason WATERHOUSE and Lisa DARMANIN

Yachting Queensland's State High-Performance Coach, Adrian FINGLAS spoke with pride about his young sailors, "They have all put in a huge amount of effort and worked really hard over the last 12 months. Queensland hasn't had a sailor qualify for the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Team since 2000 and to get to where we are today, winning four of the seven events required a cultural shift to steer sailors away from the very highly regarded Schools Teams Racing Program and into fleet racing and then change the attitudes of the youngsters and teach them to believe in themselves".

For the second time Yachting Australia also include the opportunity for competitor's results to contribute to the 'State Cup'. A perpetual trophy awarded to the best performing Australian state. The 'State Cup' is seen as an exciting initiative to further build the competitive experience and inter-state rivalries among the competitors who travel from across Australia to compete at the event. And the 2009 State Cup winner is Western Australia.

Nick Peate Memorial Trophy

The Nick Peate Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Sportsmanship was awarded by Nicks' mother, Janice PEATE who gave a touching speech and awarded the prize to James SLY and Andrew GILLIES in the 29er class. The young pair, despite being the right of way boat, held back from sailing through the gate to the finish to allow the Laser 4.7 to finish rounding the marks without causing any disruption.

Nick PEATE won the 2008 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship in the 29er but sadly died before he got to compete in the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. It is the values of fair play and sportsmanship that Nick held dear, that this award aims to recognise.

The Jury have been busy on the water during the day and resolving protests by night. It is good to see 19 year old 470 sailor, Tristan BROWN on the Jury at this regatta. BROWN explained what it is like, "It is tough work being on the Jury, the days are long and intense concentration is required the whole time. It's been really interesting to see things through the Juries eyes and I've learned a lot like where the hot spots are."

OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Champions 2009

Laser Radial Boys - Curtis SKINNER (QLD)
Laser Radial Girls - Ashley STODDART (QLD)
BIC Techno 293 Boys - Luke BAILLIE (QLD)
BIC Techno 293 Girls - Joanna STERLING (QLD)
420 Boys - David GILMOUR and James OMAY (WA)
420 Girls - Lauren THREDGOLD and Megan SOULSBY (SA)
420 Mixed - Jack OLIVER and Wendy JOHNSON (WA)
Laser 4.7 Boys - Nicolas POREE (FRA) 1st AUS - Andrew TORPELUND (QLD)
Laser 4.7 Girls - Alison DALE (VIC)
29er Boys - James SLY and Andrew GILLIES (VIC)
29er Girls - Bec TUMA and Emma Louise DALY (VIC)

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - www.sailing.org/youthworlds

Laura Baldwin (As Amended By ISAF)
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