3 National Champions and top results as RSYS Youth Sailors Shine

 

 Nacra 15 Australian Championships

RSYS sailor Will Cooley and crew Bec Hancock will go into this week's Australian Sailing Youth Championships 2019 as strong favourites for the Nacra 15 title.Will and Bec won a hard-fought battle on the final day, sailing in a perfect 18-20 knot SE seabreeze on Hobart's River Derwent. Their nearest opponents both had wins today, but consistency through the regatta paid off for the defending Nacra 15 champion Cooley.

Cooley and Hancock finished with a fourth (discard) and two seconds after notching up five wins in the first nine races. Their net score was 15 points, Swadling and Bryant 20 points and Payne and Coleman 26 points, all three placegetters well in front of the rest of the fleet. RSYS also had a Rohan Stannage crewing in the event with skipper Bella Green from RPAYC. This was their first nationals and in races mixed it with the top end of the fleet and finished a credible 10 in the difficult to sail Nacras.

It was an impressive result for Will Cooley who had a pre-regatta set-back when a wild wind gust overturned his boat in the RYCT carpark and bent the mast in two. A 'masterly' effort saw a replacement mast brought by car from Lake Macquarie to Melbourne then shipped across Bass Strait to arrive on the eve of race one of the championship.

420 Australian Championships

In what was the tightest off the regattas that the RSYS youth sailors have been to. First and second places in the 420 class went down to the final race on the River Derwent to decide the winners of the Australian championship for the 420 double-handed youth dinghy class. The battle was between RSYS sailors Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson and Kiwis Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan. The day and eventually the title was won by the Kiwis with the RSYS sailors having to accept 2nd place in the event. The two crews had gone into the 12th and last race equal on points after the single discard race, the New Zealanders ending with a net 35 points, the Sydney sailors 36 points. Each won two races and, apart from one double-figure finish, they both sailed consistently well. While they came 2nd the RSYS Crew were crowned the Australian Champions being First Australian team.

Third overall was the West Australian crew of Marcello Torre and Tom Larkings who also won two races, to finish with a net 52 points. RSYS also had a Gretal Payne crewing in the event with skipper Bridget Conrad from GSC. This was their first nationals and in races mixed it with the top end of the fleet and finished a credible 18th and was top junior girls team in the event and only just behind the Women’s youth team form last year.

Laser Australian Championships

Over the New year’s break, the RSYS Youth laser team made their annual pilgrimage to the Australian Laser Championships. This year it was a big effort by the families to make the trip south to Devonport Tasmania. RSYS was represented by more than 15 sailors in the rigs Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials and Lasers Standards.
The RSYS Laser fleet has shown their strength over the year and not just at club level, but at a state and national level, and we came away with some great results.

- Brooke Wilson finished 3rd overall and 1st Youth Girl in the 4.7 class.
- Daniel Costandi finished 5th.
- Evie Saunders finished 7th and 1st Junior Girl.
- RSYS also had Xavier McLachlan, Logan Cortis, Charlie Smith and Ian Louis all in their first laser nationals
- Finn Alexander represented the Club in the standards claiming 5th and competing against several Olympians including Gold medal winner tom Burton.

- There were a few disappointed sailors in the Radials but still some outstanding results. Otto Henry climbing into 5th in his first Laser Nationals and Campbell Patton,

-Zac West and Bostin Cortis all finishing in the top 20.

-Sylvie Stannage capped off a great transition from 4.7 to radial to claim 2nd Youth girl and Maddie O’Shea just behind in 3rd

The Lasers now head down to Hobart for the Australian Youth Nationals before making their way home.

Mirrors Australian Championships

RSYS sailor have Claimed the Australian National Championship and followed it up with a 3rd place at the Mirror Worlds. The four-day Australian Championship began with strong winds, and featured all the usual excitement on Sydney Harbour, including ferries, sea planes and outgoing cruise ships, giving the visiting sailors an excellent taste of what Sydney Harbour is like. By the final day, though, the winds were down to 0-8 knots, which favoured the lighter crews. Sailing in McMissile, RSYS Youth Committee member Campbell and Tackers 2 Graduate Stirling McKay won the first race, but Damian and Austin came second, meaning they still held a four-point lead. In second race, Campbell and Stirling won again, notching their fifth win of the series. Damian and Austin finished fifth, meaning scores were tied, and the McKay’s won on count back. Third place went to Douglas Raftesath and RSYS Youth Sailor Spencer McKay in Waterborne At Last. Benedict McKay also crewing finished 1010th.

The worlds followed a few days later in what was a lighter start to the regatta, not helping the RSYS sailors who preferred the stronger winds. The winds did come in later in the regatta with the RSYS sailors starting to excel. Campbell and Stirling finished a great 3rd place only 1 point off second in what was a tightly contested affair at the top end was. Spencer McKay came in 4th with his skipper form Balmoral and Benedict in 16th with his Youth Skipper also from Balmoral.