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16 April 2007, 02:04 pm
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Steven Dyke HYUNDAI Youth Sail 2007
Wellington, New Zealand

Racing started on schedule on Saturday morning at Hyundai YouthSail 07 in the final day of the regatta. Perfect sailing conditions were reported from Wellington with clear sunny skies and breeze of up to 12 knots allowing for an on time start to racing after two days abandonment already in the regatta due to gale force winds. All four fleets competing sailed five races to complete the series.
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In the RS:X windsurfing, Josh NIXON came close to a clean sweep, winning all but one of the nine races sailed in the regatta. NIXON was so dominant his nearest rival, visiting Australian windsurfer, Alisha KAWALLA was 15 points adrift at the conclusion of the regatta.

Richard ELLIS of Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland was third overall, and the second boy, while Justina SELLERS of Howick Sailing Club was fourth overall and second girl.

Josh JUNIOR from host club Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington, was another standout performer at Hyundai YouthSail 07. JUNIOR finished eight points clear of club mate Mathew STEVEN in the Laser class. He did not finish outside the top two, scoring an impressive six wins from eights races.

Andy MALONEY of Auckland took out the Laser Radial class with four wins from five races on the water today. Sam MEECH from Tauranga was second overall.

2007 New Zealand Youth World Team

Event Equipment Name
Boy's One Person Dinghy Laser


Girl's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial


Boy's Two Person Dinghy 29er


Girl's Two Person Dinghy 29er

Sarah BERRY and Emma BERRY

Boy's Windsurfer RS:X


Girl's Windsurfer RS:X


Open Multihull Hobie 16


Cushla HUME-MERRY, another Wellington local was third overall and first girl to finish, making her the favourite for the girl's single-handed position in the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team to be named later next week.

420 Winners

Tim COLTMAN and Ben GOODWIN won the 420 class in a close fought battle where the leading pair changed numerous times. The pair is from Muritai Yacht Club in Wellington. Paul SNOW-HANSEN and Blair TUKE were second overall five points behind the winners.

Sarah BERRY and Emma BERRY from Worser Bay Boating Club were the top girls in the 420 class and finished in third overall in the fleet of 21. The BERRY sisters were New Zealand's representatives at last year's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.

Hyundai YouthSail 07 was the last and most important regatta to count towards selection for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team which will represent New Zealand at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Canada in July. At Saturday night's prizegiving Marty WATSON, Youth and High Performance Director at Yachting New Zealand announced the nominees for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team to compete in Canada.

For all the latest news from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship CLICK HERE.

Jodie Bakewell-White (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team:© Steven Dyke HYUNDAI Youth Sail
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