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7 January 2006, 09:00 am
Slow Start Leads to Excellent Conditions
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Juniper Australian Youth Championship 2006
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

After a slow start to the morning, racing at the Juniper 2006 Australian Youth Championship finally got underway off Mooloolaba, Queensland just after 1300 (local time).
A severe storm warning including hail, heavy rain and damaging winds saw competitors held on shore, participating in a workshop with the Jury.

When racing began, win was south east at 7 knots and built to 10 knots over the race. By race two it was up to 12 knots. Swell was smaller than yesterday but still huge for the wind strength and, as it was coming across the course, added an extra challenge.

Racing was close and exciting with three fleets on each course, all sailing different gybes and angles and spinnakers flying. By the end of race two there were wipe outs a plenty in the Hobie and 29er fleets and it was a case of which way to look to catch the action.

Jason WATERHOUSE and Jeremy ROBERTS dominated the Hobie results, convincingly winning both races after shaking off early charges. As they don't normally sail together they were pleased with the day. 'The racing was good, very tight. Everyone was pretty much on pace and very fast'

Matt VANDERVOORT and Ethan CORNFORD sailing a 29er also have a perfect score after setting a blistering pace and claiming comfortable wins. They put their result down to good consistent sailing and said 'It was a good huge swell, you really had to catch it upwind and downwind.'

First in the Girls 29er are Elyce FINNEY and Kathryn WEBB.

Steven THOMAS and Tim RECHICHI lead the Boys 420, while Sarah TAN and Tze Ting LIM from Singapore lead the Girls. First Australian Girls are Belinda KERL and Chelsea HALL.

In the Lasers, New Zealander Matt COUTTS is the overall leader, while Jye MURRAY is first Australian.

In the Radial Gabrielle KING is leader of the Girls fleet and Colin CHENG from Singapore leads the Boys, Ryan PALK is first Australian Boy.

In the Sailboards James LEVY leads the Boys, while 2005 Australian Youth Champion Alisha KAWALLA leads the Girls. KAWALLA was pleased with the strong competition and increased number of board competitors. In each of the classes the boys and girls sail against each other, with the results being scored separately.

Three races are scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) and are due to get underway at 1000.

Jo DIKKENBERG (As Amended By ISAF), Image: Laser Radial Start © Peter Duncan www.questphoto.com
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