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8 January 2005, 03:41 pm
Report From Day 1
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Australian Youth Championship
6-10 January, Lake Macquarie, Australia

It was a beautiful, cloudless day on Lake Macquarie on the first day of racing in the 2005 Australian Youth Championships. A shifty 10-12 knot south-easterly breeze was enough to challenge and extend all 194 sailors competing in the championships.
The first two of nine races were sailed yesterday by 420, 29er, Sailboard, Hobie 16, Laser Radial and Laser Full Rig classes on two separate course areas. Racing was close and aggressive across the classes with mark roundings at the top mark often a fingernail apart. Yachting Australia coach, Craig Ferris, commented that Race 1 held strong rewards for those who read the shifts, while the second was won by those who stayed with the pressure. Starts in the 41 strong 420 fleet were crowded at the pin end as everyone fought to use the shifting wind to their advantage.

Craig SOUTER/Jeremy ROBERTS (NSW, RPAYC) are leading the boys division with a third and a first. In the girls division, Sarah TAN/Tre Ting LIM(SIN) are leading overall after an impressive performance in both races, leading the entire fleet at the first downwind leg in Race 2.

In the Lasers, another of the 12 entries from Singapore is making their mark. Christopher Lim is leading after a second place in Races 1 and 2, followed by Tom WATSON of Ballarat.

The sailboards made a spectacle darting amongst the other fleets, National youth Champion, Corey PLANT from the Stormriders Sailboard Club, clearly dominated both races and Australian Youth Representative, Alisha Kawalla, took first place in the girls division.

Will CRITHARIS (NSW, WSC) is looking good in the 29ers, taking first place in both races, while his sister Louise, with crew Clint MARSHALL, are tied for first in the 29er mixed division.

The fight between Evan WALKER and Taylor BOOTH in the Hobie 16s recommenced today. Walker finished second to Booth (after Walker had the early lead) at their recent Nationals.

Booth won Race 1, while Walker received an OCS; only to come back and steal first place in Race 2 from Booth.

The Laser Radial boys division is very close, with James BURMAN (NSW, HHSC), narrowly leading the fleet by one point from Edward QUARTLY and James DAGGE who are tied in second place.

Racing will resume tomorrow with Races 2,3 and 4 at 12.30 hours.

Day One Results Summary

420 Boys - Top 5 Placings

1 C Souter/J Roberts - NSW 4.00

2 W Phillips/M Taylor - VIC 6.00

3 S Thomas/T Rechichi - WA 6.00

4 L Tasker/B Sharpe - WA 8.00

5 D O'Connor/I Jensen - NSW 12.00

420 Girls- Top 5 Placings

1 S Tan/T Lim - SIN 3.00

2 D Liu/S Tam - SIN 3.00

3 S Flukes/E Flukes TAS 6.00

4 S Omay/S Higgins WA 10.00

5 K Norris/M Finch WA 12.00

420 Mixed

1 N Trask/C Sanford - NSW 2.00

29er Boys- Top 5 Placings

1 W Critharis/R Jennings - NSW 2.00

2 J Kellond-Knight/D Ferguson - QLD 7.00

3 M Vandervort/ J Cornford - NSW 7.00

4 S O'Rourke/ T Heaney - QLD 7.00

5 S Phillips/ A Sign - NSW 8.00

29er Mixed- Top 5 Placings

1 L Critharis/C Marshall - NSW 3.00

2 N Curtis/T Plain - NSW 3.00

Sailboards Boys

1 C Plant - NSW 2.00

2 J Woods - NSW 4.00

3 J Levy - NSW 6.00

4 T Beazley - NSW 9.00

Sailboards Girls

1 A Kawalla - NSW 2.00

Laser - Top 5 Placings

1 C Lim - SIN 3.00

2 T Watson - VIC 4.00

3 M Soh - SIN 7.00

4 W Hill - VIC 7.00

5 I Quartly - NSW 14.00

Hobie Results

1 T Booth/B Waterhouse NSW 3.00

2 J English/K Griffiths NSW 6.00

3 E Walker/K Langford NSW 8.00

4 J Lurati/R Kirton VIC 9.00

5 T Gibson/J Bange VIC 9.00

6 T Spithill/J Kidner NSW 10.00

Laser Radial Girls- Top 5 Placings

1 M Andrew NSW 2.00

2 S England VIC 4.00

3 G King NSW 8.00

4 V Chan SIN 11.00

5 M Lo SIN 11.00

The 2005 Australian Youth Championship is the pinnacle event in the Australian Youth calendar, with the results serving as part of the selection process for the Youth Team to represent Australia at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in July 2005.

Sarah Robson
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