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8 January 2008, 10:28 am
Aussie Youth Championships Underway
Gabrielle KING at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Gabrielle KING, pictured at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, has started well

OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2008
Frankston, Victoria, Australia

Three races were completed on day two at the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2008 in incredibly shifty conditions with wind speeds ranging from 0-15 knots.
The Australian Youth Championship is the selection event for the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team, which will go on to compete at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark from 10-19 July. The Australian team will be defending the Volvo Trophy, awarded to the best performing nation at the Youth Worlds, which they won in Canada last year.

Gabrielle KING, who was part of the victorious 2007 Australian team and gold medallist in the Laser Radial in Canada, has got off to a strong start at this year's Australian Youth Championship. She continued her led in the Laser Radial class today placing second in race 4, 12th in race 5 and a win in race 6.

KING, from McLean on the NSW north coast commented on today's racing "The conditions today were interesting to say the least. The shifty wind meant that you had to be flexible with your sailing.

"I had a really bad mark rounding in race five and bounced around a bit but I am overall happy with how I have performed so far."

Yachting Australia CEO, Phil JONES commented, "We are very pleased with the number and quality of entrants at this year's event.

"It truly is a reflection of the high level of cooperation between all the classes, Yachting Australia and Frankston Yacht Club.

"Five years ago a decision was made to ensure national events and the youth championships were held in the same state at the same time to make it easier for parents and the competitors. It has proved to be a success."


Racing continues tomorrow and concludes on Thursday 10 January.

Australian Youth Championship - www.yachting.org.au/youthchamps
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship microsite - www.sailing.org/youthworlds
Lara Watts (As Amended By ISAF)
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