Tasmanian Schools Regatta and Youth Championship Preview
Leven Yacht Club will host the 2016 Tasmanian Schools Regatta and Youth Championships this weekend with a strong number of entrants sailing for state glory.
Situated on Tasmania’s North-West Coast, the racing area will be outside the mouth of the Leven River with challenging conditions expected on the first day of the Championships with 15-20 knot north-westerly’s forecast to test the fleet.
Entries have hit 30 boats, including 9 Laser radials. Four schools are represented in eight teams of three boats, with a further six individual entries only competing in the Youth Championship. All competitors in one team are also competing in the Youth Championship.
This year, multihulls are included in the Championship with Perrun Harding’s, Good 2 Go the only multihull entry, but event organisers are confident this number will increase in future Championships as a result of the Nacra 17 becoming an Olympic class.
Three 29ers entrants will produce very close and exciting racing over the weekend, as all three push for the Tasmanian 29er Youth Championship. Defending champions Barefoot Bandits(Samantha Bailey/Chloe Fisher) have now split up due to Bailey aging out of youth, but Chloe teamed up with Jasmine Galbraith prior to the Australian Youth Championships, where they won a race - Fisher/Galbraith are favorites for both the 29er and female titles.
In the fleet of nine Laser Radials, early favorites include Australian Laser 4.7 representative Max Gluskie, runner-up State Champion Josh Harriss and defending Champion Ryan Morten, with the absence of current State Champion Sam King who is yet to enter.
The International Cadet Class will feature two boats who are in the Australian Team set to travel to Argentina in December in Stolen Pig (Fynn Sprott/Lawrence Jeffs) and Meltemi (Charlie Goodfellow/Toby Legg) as well as a World Champion crew in Hugo Allison sailing with older brother Jack in Shmoken for this regatta.
Launceston Church Grammar School are the reigning champions of the schools trophy, and with four teams this year, poise a very tough opposition for travelling school Hutchins and Friends. Ulverstone High School will have the hometown advantage knowing the local water and conditions.
The total entries include:
9 Laser Radials
3 Laser 4.7s
2 Pacer Dingys
1 RS Vision
1 Mosquito Cat
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