Please select your home edition
Sailing Chandlery 2019 - Leaderboard
Product Feature
Gill Pro Hikers (DG4923)
Gill Pro Hikers (DG4923)

2001 Australian Youth Championship Finals

by Jacqueline Ellis on 14 Jan 2001
Strong and gusty on-shore winds up to 25 knots greeted the sailors at the Australian Youth Championship this morning, which is
being held on Tasmania's Derwent River.

The final two races were scheduled for today with many overall winner spots up for grabs. Particularly close was the Boys Sailboard
event with James Grunfelder and Chris Lowbridge, both from NSW racing down to the wire. Chris won Race 8 and James was
second and then in Race 9 James won and Chris was second so that meant the overall position remained unchanged with James
taking the Australian Boys Sailboard Champion title by two points. John Paget (NSW) took the Bronze Medal spot head of Corey
Plant (NSW).

Jacqueline Bonnitcha (NSW) did not have to sail today to claim her Australian Girls Sailboard Champion crown, but did choose to
go racing and fight the tough conditions to practise and further hone her skills for future races.

New Zealand visitor Miranda Powrie did not have to sail either of today's races to win the Girls Single Handed Dinghy event outright -
and she chose not to do so. This left Katherine Wade from NSW and Riana Haldane from SA to sort out second and third overall
and the Australian Champion title. Riana took her first race win of the regatta in Race 8 and then backed it up with a second win in
Race 9. With Katherine taking second in both races it gave Riana the important points lead she needed to finish head of Katherine
by two points. Cassie Buckley from Queensland was the third Australian.

The leaders in the Boys Single Handed Dinghy event being raced in the Laser class revelled in today's windy conditions. The two
six foot 'something' and 85kgs+ boys from Lake Macquarie in NSW, Ben Lamb and Joel Skelton, took command of the two races
and each finished with a first and a second. It was Ben though who convincingly claimed the Australian Boys Single Handed Dinghy
Champion crown with a score card of 9 points. Joel finished with the Silver on 16 points and two Kiwi visitors, David Weaver and
Michael Bullot, claimed third and forth spots with 23 and 25 points respectively. Third Australian and also on 25 points was Gosford
sailor Tom Slingsby.

The Double Handed Dinghy events in both the Girls and Boys saw the four 2000 Australian Youth Team team-mates not having to
sail the last race in order to claim the 2001 Australian Champions crowns. Melissa Bryant & Martha Leonard from WA finished their
regatta with a perfect score of 7 wins after allowing for the two dropped races for the series. Anna Patterson & Emma Poulsen from
Queensland finished the regatta with a win in Race nine and finished second overall on 13 points. Fellow Queenslanders Lydia Allen
& Eva Joyce finished in third on 19 points well clear of fourth.

Gavin Fee & Tom Berger from Queensland also had a clear win overall. A third place in Race 8 spoilt their 'perfect score' but their
overall points put them well clear of second. Matthew Chew & James Seymour, also from Queensland, raced a good series and
won today's first race. That gave them a clear second place overall and they also did not have to sail the final race to maintain their
overall position. Third place went to West Australians James Garnaut & Tim Slatter.

The results of this Championship and those of the class Australian Championship will be used as the basis to select the 2001
VOLVO Australian Youth Team. The Team members will represent Australia at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
to be held in France in July.

The Sandy Bay Sailing Club did an outstanding job of conducting the Championship. The club will tomorrow start the 420 Australian

The 2002 Australian Youth Championship will be held in Perth in Western Australia.

Full FINAL RESULTS are posted on the AYF Website at

For further information contact: Jacqueline Ellis on 0417 665 283 or

Related Articles

Vikings on the ascent
M32 European Series Sanremo warm-up day 2 Once again Sanremo defied the forecasters for day two of the warm-up event for the 2019 M32 European Series. While zero wind was predicted, a southwesterly filled in, perfectly timed for today's guest racing and had built to 9-10 knots for the start.
Posted today at 6:46 pm
New Season, New Buoyancy Aid?
Reduced prices on Magic Marine, Gill, Crewsaver and Spinlock Magic Marine Racing Buoyancy Aid Side Zip was £89.99 now £72. Gill Pro Buoyancy Aid was £65 now £58.50. Crewsaver Response 50N Buoyancy Aid was £35 now £31.50. And many more reduced!
Posted today at 5:00 pm
Last chance to nominate for RYA Volunteer Awards
Nominations close on Friday 5th April Volunteers are the backbone of sailing clubs and the wider boating community, with thousands up and down the country giving up their time and resource each year – but how do we say thank you?
Posted today at 4:00 pm
Save up to £100 on Beach Club Holidays
Use code SPRING100 with Ocean Elements - ends soon! Don't miss your chance to SAVE UP TO £100pp on 1-week Beach Club holidays. Don't forget you can save up to £400 on two week holidays. USE CODE: 'SPRING100' when booking online or over the phone.
Posted today at 12:00 pm
The Nations Trophy: A new exciting regatta year
For all Swan One Design Yachts In 2017, Nautor's Swan launched the pivotal The Nations Trophy as a focal biennial event in the world of Swan One Design activity.
Posted today at 11:41 am
Chatham Marine renew RYA member offer for 2019
Footwear firm will continue to offer exclusive 20% discount All of Chatham Marine's footwear is designed to be comfortable, functional and able to withstand all that nature can throw at them - quality, durability, marine aesthetics and performance all form an integral part of the Chatham product.
Posted today at 9:00 am
49erFX women setting the standard
Something very special occurring in the fleet The 49erFX fleet, while young by most standards, has produced and nurtured some of the world's best female sailors. We take a look at what makes the class and women involved so special.
Posted today at 8:54 am
St. Thomas International Regatta day 1
A great day of racing for over 50 boats Caribbean perfect sailing conditions spelled a great day of racing for the 50-plus boats competing in the first day of the 46th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), which takes place through Sunday.
Posted today at 8:52 am
M32 European Series: GAC Pindar edges ahead
M32 newbie Inga Racing Team claims first bullet The nimble M32s came into their own on the first day of the San Remo warm-up event for the 2019 M32 European Series, when the featherweight one design catamarans were able to pick themselves up and provide fair
Posted on 22 Mar
Four dinghies put through their paces in Valencia
D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero at Sea Trials From 11-15 March 2019, the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero were put through their paces at Sea Trials for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Posted on 22 Mar