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6 January 2006, 02:54 pm
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Juniper Australian Youth Championship 2006
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

A record 193 competitors have entered the Juniper 2006 Australian Youth Championship across six classes - 420, Laser, Laser Radial, Hobie 16, 29er and Formula.
400 people attended tonight's welcome function, including Graeme JUNIPER and staff from naming sponsor Juniper, Kawana State MP Hon. Chris CUMMINS and Yachting Australia Chief Executive Phil JONES.

According to JONES, the annual Youth Championship is, 'A very important event in the pathway of developing youth sailors. It gives young sailors in Australia a clear goal to aim for and brings them together from around the country.'

He went on to thank Juniper for their commitment to the championship, 'I thank Juniper for their generous support of this event and hope that it will be of benefit to them to continue supporting sailing in the future.'

David KORTLANG, Marketing Manager of Juniper, welcomed competitors and supporters to Mooloolaba, expressed the company's affinity with the water and said, 'We hope this will be a very rewarding regatta and that you enjoy being on the water, we wish you great success and we are delighted to support this event.'

17-18 knot north northeast winds and 1.2 metre seas greeted competitors for today's Invitation Race.

Nine races are scheduled from Saturday until Tuesday, with the results of some classes counting towards selection for the Australian Youth Team, to compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Weymouth, Great Britain from 12-21 July.

With tomorrow's forecast of southeast 20 knots and 1.8 metre seas and southeast 15-20 knots scheduled for Sunday and Monday, racing is set to be exciting.

Jo DIKKENBERG (As Amended By ISAF)
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