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13 October 2003, 01:10 pm
Youth Racing Added To Regatta
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Competitive racing in a learning environment, the Sail Melbourne Australian Youth Championship, being staged at McCrae Yacht Club from 12-16 January 2004, will help Australia's best young sailors grow into future Olympic Gold winners!
Youth Sailors from across Australian will gather at the McCrae Yacht Club on Victoria's beautiful Mornington Peninsula this January for the Yachting Australia Youth Championships - and what an event it will be! With 150 - 200 sailors aged between eight and 18 competing in the event, taking part in workshops, meeting new friends, developing their skills and love of the water, there is no reason why everyone should not become involved.

McCrae Yacht Club is approximately one hour's drive South of Melbourne's centre and located on the challenging yet protected waters of Port Phillip. The Club has a strong Youth focus with many development and training sessions conducted as part of it's active off the beach program, welcoming all sailors of all abilities to get involved. Surrounded by the rolling hills of Arthurs Seat, wineries, beaches and plenty of other things to do, it is the perfect destination for the whole family - not just the sailors!

The event is open to all national youth classes for both boys and girls and will constitute part of the selection trials for the Australian Youth team to attend the next World Youth Championship. Competing classes and divisions include Laser Radial - boys and girls, Laser - boys, 420 - boys, girls and mixed, 29ers - boys, girls and mixed, Hobie 16 - open and 7.5m sailboard for boys and girls. Competition will be hot on the water with a 9-race program for all classes that will enable competitors to practice and develop as the event goes on in the learning environment of a youth specific competition.

As well as the on-the-water events, the racing program will be complemented by a range of coaching and land-based sessions, discussion forums and get-togethers aimed at teaching the competitors more about sailing and future pathways. The championship will commence with a low key welcome function attended by at least one of Australia's successful youth sailing team representatives like Ricky Ironmonger or Krystal WEIR and will conclude with a buffet presentation evening. Representatives of Yachting Australia will also be attending the event with the opportunity to meet and discuss the wider issues of sailing.

Finally - if all that is not enough! - The Youth Championships is being conducted as part of the Sail Melbourne International Regatta and a whole host of other events. The 420 Australian and World Championships for example, are being conducted at Mornington Yacht Club between 26 December and 11 January. The Australian Laser Championship is in Geelong from 2-10 January, the Australian 29er Championship, the Australian International Cadet Championship, the Australian Minnow Championship, the Australian Optimist Championship and the list goes on… Not to mention the Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta for the worlds best sailors at Sandringham Yacht Club between 12 and 17 of January.

So sail on over to Melbourne and get involved! More information, NOR's accommodation links and all the details you need are to be found on the Sail Melbourne website as addressed below.
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