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5 January 2005, 10:10 am
Close Finish For Top Junior Sailors in Tauranga
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Tauranga, New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand's Young Sailor of the Year 2004 recipients have taken out the top places in the Nuplex 2005 Tauranga Cup National P Class Contest and the Nuplex 2005 Tanner Cup Contest. 94 junior sailors competed in the P Class competition in Tauranga.
The P-Class is often described as the "Cradle of Champions." Past winners in their youth include Russell COUTTS, Leslie EGNOT, Chris DICKSON, Dean BARKER and many others that have gone on to win major international yachting titles and Olympic medals.

Paul SNOW-HANSEN, Carl EVANS and Daniel WILCOX have all proven their sailing ability can be adapted from the Optimist to the P Class by standing out as the top performers so far at the 2005 P & Starling Nationals underway in Tauranga. All three top place getters in the Tauranga Cup were members of the New Zealand Optimist Team that won the 2004 World Championships

Yachting New Zealand National Coach Paul PAGE has been in Tauranga and is impressed with the quality of talent amongst our Junior Sailors. He sees huge paybacks from the team environment that the young sailors experienced in the Optimist Class lead by coach and mentor Hamish WILCOX last year.

"The standard of sailing amongst the top sailors is very good," says Page. "They sail consistently; they start well and then make the right decisions throughout the race. And they love it too - they all come in with huge smiles on their faces. The kids that have been in a team environment and who have travelled and competed together have really benefited from that. They grow as a group and look after each other with communication on and off the water."

Going into the final day of competition the Tanner Cup for 2005 was up for grabs amongst the top five boats with Paul SNOW-HANSEN and Carl EVANS finishing with 13 points each. Snow-Hansen came out on top having won four races in the nine race regatta while Evans won two.

Nuplex 2005 Tauranga Cup P-Class Contest - Final Results
Pos Name Club
1 Paul SNOW-HANSEN Wakatere Boating Club
2 Cal EVANS Kohimarama Yacht Club
3 Daniel WILCOX Murrays Bay Sailing Club
4 Kate ELLINGHAM Wakatere Boating Club First Girl and winner of the Naomi James Trophy

Nuplex 2005 Tanner Cup Contest - Final Results

Pos Name Club
1 Paul SNOW-HANSEN North Harbour
2 Cal EVANS Auckland
3 Jason SAUNDERS Bay of Plenty

Final Results of the Inter-Provincial Starling Match Racing are also in with local boy Peter BURLING (Bay of Plenty) taking out first place. Burling was also a finalist nominee for Young Sailor of the Year 2004 after a strong year of competition. He was second in the Tauranga Cup in 2004.

Nuplex 2005 Starling Inter-Provincial Match Racing Championships - Final Results

Pos Name Club
1 Paul BURLING Bay of Plenty
2 Scott MORRISON Auckland
3 Chris DAWSON North Harbour

The Nuplex Starling Nationals 2005 got underway on Tuesday 4 January and concludes on Saturday 8 January. 152 young sailors are competing.
Jodie Perkins (As Amended by ISAF)
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