Australian Youth Championships Entries Reach 150 with 29er Champions Back to Defend Title

by Australian Sailing - Stacey French

With 150 entries the 2017 Australian Youth Championships hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club will showcase Australian Youth Sailing at its very best.

From January 10 to 14, youth sailors from across the country as well as international entrants from Germany, Japan and New Zealand will be vying for Australian Youth supremacy in the 420, 29er, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Techno 293 classes.

The 29er class stands at 38 competitors with the growing class attracting a range of competitors including 2016 29er Girls Australian Youth Champions, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in New South Wales.

“Annie and I are really excited for the Australian Youth Championships in the New Year,” Natasha said. “It an awesome event with really close racing and it’s a great experience with all of the youth classes getting together from across the country.”

“The boat-park is always full of friendly faces with an extremely fun vibe at the Youth Champs which is great to be a part of.”

Natasha and Annie will be heading to New Zealand for the 2016 Youth World Championships next week representing the Australian Youth Sailing Team, with Coach Traks Gordon excited to see what the 29er girls can produce on an international stage.

“Everything is going great running to plan with the girls, they have been working super hard,” Traks said. “The World Champs will be they first time they will be sailing in an all-girls competition so they will be going toe to toe with the other girls which will be a great experience.

“The Australian Youth Championship is a great event and while it is a short turnaround from Worlds, it will be a matter of the girls staying motivated and regrouping to perform in Adelaide.”

The short turnaround doesn’t faze the 29er girls as they have their sights already set on the 2017 Youth World Championships.

“The Australian Youth Championships are an opportunity for us and other sailors to fight for a spot to compete in the 2017 Youth Worlds which always spices up the racing with a bit of added pressure.  But at the end of every regatta it is always great fun,” Natasha concluded.

The 2017 Australian Youth Championships will be hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club from January 10 to 14.




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