Winners are grinners at the Victorian Junior and Youth Championships

The Club Marine 2015 Victorian Junior & Youth Championships came to a close on Sunday 12 April at Mornington Yacht Club, after two days of light winds, 5-15knts.

The Championships which are the pinnacle event on the junior and youth sailing calendar, saw record breaking entries with 173 boats (40 up on last year’s event) and over 210 sailors across 9 Junior and Youth Classes; O’pen Bic (invited), Optimist, Minnow, International Cadet, 29er, 420 laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Viper.

Mornington Yacht Club no stranger to running events, backed up their reputation following the 2014 Australian Optimist Dinghy Class Championships. The Club’s 50 volunteers put in an outstanding effort, on the water, registration desk, sign on sign off, BBQ and on the beverages tent.  

Mornington Yacht Club’s, Club Captain Chris Jackson commented “The volunteers combined have put in over 2000 working hours this week”.

Fresh from the three day Club Marine Coaching clinic that 100 of the 173 competing boats took part in during the week, it was clear to see that there was no shortage of talent across the competing classes. Participants at the Club Marine Coach Clinic were trained by some of the best International, Australian and Victorian coaches such as 2x Olympic Sailors; Sarah Blanck (Ogilvie) and Krystal Weir.

The 2015/16 Victorian Sailing Team (VST) was also announced by coaching committee chair and Yachting Victoria board member Callum Burns. The 2015/16 VST consists of 36 members across the eight YA Junior and Youth Development Pathway. Congratulations to all sailors who made the team (see full list of team members below).

The Championships are also the final event in the 2014/15 Victorian Sailing Cup Series and Prizes for the Victorian Sailing Cup Series will be presented at the Yachting Victoria Awards Night on Friday 20th June at Sandringham Yacht Club.

Thanks to Mornington Yacht Club and all their volunteers for running a fantastic regatta on and off the water, as well as Club Marine for their continued support of Junior and Youth Sailing in Victoria.

Club Marine 2015 Victorian Junior & Youth Championship Winners
O’pen Bic
1st Place – Kristen Wadley, QLD
1st Place Victorian – Michael Parks, RGYC
2nd Place – Lachie Hartnett, SYC/SSCB
3rd Place- Travis Wadley
3rd Place Victorian – Ethan Hosking, RBYC
Opti
1st Place – Nick Joel, SYC/SSCBC
2nd place – Michael Case, RGYC
3rd Place – Zac David Heyes, MMYC
Minnow
1st Place – Jarvis Harrop, SSCBC
2nd place – Mathew – Hunter Scott, BYS
3rd Place – Edward Warner, BYS

International Cadet
1st Place –  Julian Sasson & Mischa Suda
2nd place – Donminic Randall & Ella Purnell, RGYC
3rd Place – Alana Field & Cooper Field, RGYC

Laser 4.7
1st Place – Hugo Llewelyn, SSCB
2nd place – Jack Lewis, SSCBC/SYC
3rd Place – Campbell Rickard, SSCBC/SYC

Laser Radial
1st Place – Finn Alexander, NSW
1st Place Victorian, Brody Riley, McCYC
2nd place – Jack Graves, SSCBC
3rd Place overall – Tyrone Gowans, MYC

420
1st Place –Nick Sharman & James Grogan, MYC
2nd place – Stan Austin & Kristian Tipovsky, SoYC/MYC
3rd Place – Charlie Dixon & Josh Copeland, SSCBC

29er
1st Place – Thomas Alexander & Olivia Nelson, RGYC
2nd place – Josh Galland & Leroy Addison, CYC
3rd Place – Harrison Sly & Louis Schofield, SYC

Viper
1st Place – Jack Challands & William Hosking, BYS/SYC
2nd Place- Tayla Rietman & Harrison Rietman, PMYC
3rd Place – Hayden Brown & Mackenzie Bird, BYS/SYC

– Elisha Keating

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