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9 January 2005, 05:59 pm
Races 3, 4 and 5
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Australian Youth Championship
Lake Macquarie, Australia

It was all thrills and spills for day two of the 2005 Australian Youth Championships on Lake Macquarie. Race 3 began in a light SE 10kt breeze with patches of dark rain clouds shadowing the Lake and turning the breezes. By Race 4 the wind strengthened to 15 knots and swung south, and then the racing picked up the pace.
The shifty conditions made for some very exciting racing with lots of big gains and losses for competitors in every race. There was plenty of action in the starts and mark roundings, and as the wind picked up there were boats capsizing from all fleets on both courses.

Racing was intense in the Hobie 16s yesterday's leader Taylor BOOTH sustained an ankle injury when a his Hobie took a nose dive on a downward run in Race 4, despite the difficulties trapezing on one leg, they continued on to finish 4th. Evan WALKER and Kyle LANGFORD had a brilliant start in Race One where they read the wind shift and went far right upwind giving them an outstanding lead that lasted the entire race. The competition came to an exciting head in Race 5 when Walker match raced Booth downwind to steal first. Walker and Booth are currently tied on 12 points after five races.

Corey PLANT continues to lead the Sailboards: his extensive international experience and training with Olympian Lars KLEPPICH appears to be paying off as he wins every race of the series. Alisha KAWALLA, the only girl competing, continues to perform well, finishing 2nd in the fleet in two of today's races.

Racing was fast and tricky in the 29ers, Mathew VANDERVOOT and Joshua CORNFORD from Wangi Amateur Sailing Club won the first two races as they maximized on the fresh winds in the downwind legs to quickly pass their competitors. Will CRITHARIS and Ryan JENNINGS of Woollahra SC continue to lead overall on 7 points.

Starts were crowded for the 47 sailors in the Laser Radial fleet there was a general recall in the first race which was followed by a black flag start. James BURMAN of Hunters Hill SC continues to lead the fleet with a 2nd, 1st and 3rd place in today's racing. In the Laser full rigs Warwick Hill of Victoria and Maximilian KHYAN TAT SOH from Singapore are tied on 20 points.

The 420 fleet had its share of ups and downs as well there were three OCSs in Race 5. Will PHILLIPS and Max TAYLOR are leading the boys overall while Dawn XIAODAN LIU and Siobhan SHUI WUN Tam of Singapore lead the girls division by 7 points.

Racing continues today with Races 6 & 7 at 1330.

Sarah Robson. Image © Erin Cameron
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