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11 January 2010, 03:19 pm
Record Turnout At Optimist Oceanic Championship
Australia's Nia Jerwood
Australia's Nia Jerwood (AUS405) is the new Oceania Champion

Optimist Oceania Championship 2010
Adelaide, Australia

Almost 100 young sailors representing 11 nations made the 2010 IODA Oceania Championship in Australia a record breaker.
The Adelaide Sailing Club, Holdfast Bay, in the Gulf of St Vincent South Australia, played host to the IODA Oceania Championship and the AIODA Australian Nationals from 5-10 January. The event attracted 94 sailors from 11 countries and four continents and was the largest Oceania Championship ever held and the first one in Australia.

Participating sailors from Oceania were: Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, while the open event welcomed sailors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Germany, Denmark and the UAE.

Malcolm Hughes, the PRO, had a challenging job during this regatta as the temperatures built to 42ºC, which reduced and sometimes cancelled the sea breeze. This, coupled with the strong tide, made sailing conditions particularly difficult.

By the end of the penultimate day, nine races had been completed and the sailors arrived on the final day hoping for a sea breeze. Unfortunately at 13:30 the Race Committee announced that there would be no more racing and effectively brought the event to a close.

This championship was particularly marked by the success of the girls. They rose to the challenge presented by the conditions and they dominated the championship with six placed in the top eight overall. Nia Jerwood, 11 years old from Western Australia became Oceania Champion and was sixth overall, closely followed by Eliza Wilkinson, from Auckland, New Zealand, second Oceania sailor and eighth overall.

The Open Championship was won by Samantha Neubronner of Singapore, six points ahead of her two nearest rivals - both girls and both from Singapore.

Oceania Championship - Top Three

1. Nia Jerwood (AUS)
2. Eliza Wilkinson (NZL)
3. Lachlan Gilmour (AUS)

Oceania Open Championship - Top Three

1. Samantha Neubronner (SIN)
2. Jia Min Audrey Lim (SIN)
3. Jillian Lee (SIN)

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Sally Burnett/IODA
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