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16 September 2005, 02:56 pm
Championship Commences Tomorrow
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Beneteau Australian Youth Match Racing Championship 2005
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

Competition at Yachting Australia's ISAF Grade 3 Beneteau 2005 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship will get underway at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne tomorrow. Twelve teams from four states will compete in Beneteau 7.5 yachts across the three day regatta.
The schedule is for a round robin, followed by semi finals and finals. To meet the maximum total crew weight of 350kg, teams may consist of four to six sailors and all must be under the age of 20 at the end of this year.

Today was registration and practice for the teams. Forecast for tomorrow is west 20-30 knots, turning southwest 20-25 knots so should be an exciting day for all.

Amongst the entries, from NSW, are NSW Youth Match Racing Champion and recently crowned Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion in the Hobie 16, Evan WALKER along with last year's runner up and three times ISAF Youth World Champion Nathan OUTTERIDGE.

The Western Australian Youth Match Racing Champion Torvar MIRSKY will compete, fresh from the open age ISAF Grade 3 Australian Match Racing Championship last weekend, where he finished fifth.

Four teams from Victoria will compete, all from the Sandringham Yacht Club, and will include Victorian Youth Match Racing Champion Adam EVANS and runner up Megan RIDGWAY.

Nick DEUSSEN will lead the only South Australian entry.

Beneteau Australian Youth Match Racing Championship Entrants
(Team, State, ISAF World Match Race Ranking)

  • Evan WALKER, CYCA TEAM (NSW) - 85
  • Nathan OUTTERIDGE, RSYS TEAM (NSW) - 170
  • Torvar MIRSKY, WA 1 TEAM - 174
  • Tom BARKER, CYCA TEAM (NSW) - 267
  • Hamish ROUGHLEY, RPAYC TEAM (NSW) - 529
  • Nic DEUSSEN, SA TEAM - Not Ranked
  • Adam EVANS, SYC 2 TEAM (VIC) - Not Ranked
  • Andy HUNTING, SYC 1 TEAM (VIC) - Not Ranked
  • Megan RIDGWAY, SYC 3 TEAM (VIC) - Not Ranked
  • Luc TASKER, RFBYC TEAM (WA) - Not Ranked
Jo Dikkenberg (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Event Media
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