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9 January 2006, 01:09 pm
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Juniper Australian Youth Championship 2006
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

The competition is hotting up for tomorrow's final races of the 2006 Juniper Australian Youth Championship. While for some classes the champions appear decided, for many it will all come down to performing under pressure.
One stand out crew has been young Victorians Sam KIVELL and Max TAYLOR, who have dominated the 420 class and look certain to claim overall victory.

Others to make their mark are the 29er team from NSW Mathew VANDERVOORT and Ethan CORNFORD who also look impossible to beat. Hannah NATTRASS and Michelle MULLER, also from NSW look strong in the girls' fleet.

In the Hobie, Jason WATERHOUSE and Jeremy ROBERTS have the upper hand in an often close battle with locals Barney JOHNSON and Sean O'ROURKE, and they too look to have claimed victory.

While these classes appear clean cut, competition in other events is very close. The eight to twelve knot shifty southwest-southeast breeze shuffled the fleet today and in several classes the championship is still wide open.

Sarah TAN and Tze Ting LIM from Singapore continue their form in the girls' 420 and are hotly pursued by Western Australians Belinda KERL and Chelsea HALL.

It is anyone's prize in the Laser, with a new overnight leader in New Zealander Max ANDREWS. Jye MURRAY is next and first Australian, followed closely by a string of internationals and then second Australian James DAGGE.

Laser Radials are also close. While Singaporean Colin CHENG continues to lead, he is not out of reach to the two equal Australians Ben GUNTHER and Matthew Brown. Cushla HUME-MERRY from New Zealand remains first girl, while Gabrielle KING holds out her Australian rivals.

Although James LEVY leads the sailboards he is closely followed, while defending Champion Alisha KAWALLA looks to have the girls' title wrapped up.

Two races are scheduled for the final day tomorrow and if a total of nine races are completed a second discard will come into play.

Jo DIKKENBERG (As Amended By ISAF), Image, Action from Mooloolaba:© Gray PRITCHETT
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