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CYA Canadian Youth National Championships
Gimli, Manitoba

This annual regatta is the premiere youth event for young sailors (18 and Under), and serves at the qualifier for the Canadian Youth Sailing Team.
Report from Final Day, Wednesday 13 August 2003

The wind Gods were with us in Vancouver today. After a small delay first thing in the morning, Principle Race Officers Guy Walters and John Culter should be commended for running 2 good races on their respective courses. Breeze ranged between 5-10 knots for all fleets. As life goes, there was definitely a nice breeze during the final awards ceremonies!

On the single-handed course, a total of 9 races were completed for the Laser, Bytes and Radials.

Canada's ISAF Youth World Laser representative Alex STEEL(Toronto, ON) claimed victory on the last day of racing in the Laser fleet, edging out John Romanko (Vancouver, BC) in a tie breaker. Torontonian Evan Lewis claimed third.

John ROMANKO and Alex STEEL both finished with 18 points, but Alex finished higher than John overall, so took first.

A tight battle took place between Laser Radial sailors Isaac BUSSIN and Ethan HOLTZER (both from Toronto). Isaac won by 1 point overall, Ethan was second followed by Abe TORCHINSKY (Vancouver, BC) who won the bronze. Nicole BASTET (Hudson, QC) was top female in fourth.

Brooke CAMPBELL (Vancouver, BC) placed 2nd in the Byte races today- allowing her to hold onto her gold medal for this fleet. Jonathon GRENIER (Montreal, QC) won two bullets today, putting him in second overall. Nova Scotian Danielle DUBE placed a respectable 4th in the duo of races- claiming 3rd.

On Alpha course, a total of 14 races were completed on the 29er course. Fast action paced racing continued until the end of the regatta. The brother combo of Brad and Brian NEUFELD (Vancouver, BC) excelled...winning the Gold after yesterday's racing. Top females were Yolande GOODERHAM/Sarah GYLES from Toronto, holding on quite easily to second place overall. Steve WALDIE and Louis Phillipe Bougie BASTIEN (Montreal, QC) won bronze.

Rob DALE and Andrew COSTA (Vancouver, BC) held onto first place throughout the entire regatta in the 420 fleet. Although this is a relatively new team, the boys have certainly gained quite a bit experience over the past while- having just represented Canada at the ISAF Volvo Youth Worlds. In second was Jeff BETHUNE/Luke HANSEN MACDONALD (Halifax, NS) and 3rd, and team mates Jamie GIFFEN/David CHANDLER from Nova Scotia.

The Mistral fleet was won by David HAYES (Toronto, ON)...who actually managed to win all but two races! Lawrence STEWART (Winnipeg, MB) won the silver, Ashley BURKE (Toronto, ON) was third.

Andre SIMOES RE (Newfoundland) was the very proud winner of the Fogh Marine Sportsmanship trophy. Andre was nominated for and won this award due to his ongoing enthusiasm, friendliness, and good sailing out on the Byte course. Good work Andre!

Special thanks to all the volunteers, coaches and parents who made this event a success. Loretta ROMANKO/Ruth GRIERSON were excellent co-chairs, and did a great job in leading the entire team for this event. Thanks also goes to all the jury, led by Bill CHEEK and the PROs Guy WALTERS and John CULTER.

The 2004 CYA Youth Nationals will be held in Beaconsfield (QC) next year.
Erika Vines, CYA Racing Co-ordinator
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