Winners determined at 2017 Tasmanian Youth Championships

by Australian Sailing - Kate Lathouras

The 2017 Tasmanian Youth Championships concluded yesterday, 5 March, at the Midway Point Yacht Club with 45 competitors taking advantage of the local Midway Point waters.

After six races in the welcoming Tasmanian conditions were completed, champions in the State Youth classes and the Tasmanian Schools Regatta were decided. Australian Sailing’s Regional Manager for Tasmania, Richard McMinn, said the event was a great success and gave congratulations to all the sailors,

“There’s been a great effort by all to run this event. The new level of regatta management gained through this transition to Australian Sailing has really boosted the quality and exposure of this regatta. Well done to all sailors and thank you to all the volunteers at this event.”

Laser Radial

Following a successful campaign at the 2017 Australian Youth Championships, Sam King continued his high performance sailing and defended his 2016 win in the Laser Radial class. Sam said,

“This has been my first real regatta since the youth nationals; the conditions here are definitely a change from Adelaide’s windy and wavy environment. I wanted to use the regatta to see if I needed to fix anything in preparation for the Laser Radial Worlds later this year. It was tough competition but I’m happy with my win.”


Skippers, Hugo Hamilton and William Wallis, fought close for the win in the 29er class but after a couple bullets and consistent racing Hugo and crew, William Sargent, were victorious. Hugo said,

“Although we don’t plan on sailing together as a team again we were very happy with our win. We teamed up for this event as we’re both from the same school and thought we could aim to take out the Youth Champion and the Tasmanian Schools Regatta titles (with our other team mates). The regatta was a lot of fun and the Club members made us feel very welcome. Midway Point Yacht Club is a great place to sail with good wind and flat waters making it great for skiffs!”

Laser 4.7

Although Abbey Calvert was the only Laser 4.7 on the course she sailed very competitively in against the Laser Radial and Sabre sailors placing mid-fleet overall on yardstick.

International Cadet

Another outstanding performance was seen by International Cadet crew, Hugo Allison and Grace Hooper. Hugo, 2015 World Champion in the International Cadet, has just made the transition to skippering. He said,

“This is my first regatta ever skippering and third week Grace and I have been sailing together so we’re very happy with our result! I like skippering the boat and being able to control where we go and am enjoying sailing with Grace; we plan to sail together for the rest of the season. We also wanted to thank our parents for supporting us.”  

A total of six races were sailed over the two day event with a sea breeze welcomed both afternoons. Four races were held on the first day with the morning session conducted in typically light and shifty conditions and the two afternoon races run in a moderate 12 to 15 knots. Cloud cover postponed racing for an hour on the second day while Race Management waited for the clouds to burn off and the breeze to fill in. Racing on day two kicked off at 1130 with a light 5 to 8 knots and both races were completed before a strong sea breeze kicked in that afternoon.

Yardstick Fleet

Flying 11 dynamic duo, Oliver/ Oscar Pritchard and Finn Buchanan, sailed exceptionally well over the regatta winning the boy’s yardstick fleet. Following suit was 49erFX team, Jasmin Galbraith and Chloe Fisher, who recently transitioned from the 29er. The 49erFX pair also won the Seamanship Award and received a dry bag from Australian Sailing sponsor, Zhik. All sailors across the 13 classes were congratulated on attending and participating in the event.

Tasmanian Schools Regatta

In addition to the Youth Championships event was the Tasmanian Schools Regatta. Three schools participated: The Friends School (four teams), The Hutchins School and Launceston Church Grammar School. Defending their win from last year was The Friends School with sailors Hugo Hamilton & Will Sargent, Will Wallis & Brendan Crisp and Max Gluskie. Will Sargent said,

“Our team (with a couple new sailors this year) won last year also. We train a lot and not just in our respective class, we also do a lot of Teams Racing and Match Racing which all adds to our skill set. It feels good to win again.”




1st Place

Hugo Hamilton & William Sargent

1st Girl

Alice Buchanan & Dervia Duggan

Laser 4.7


1st Place

Abbey Calvert

Laser Radial


1st Place

Sam King



1st Place

Daniel Maree

Flying 11


1st Place

Oliver Pritchard & Finn Buchanan

International Cadet


1st Place

Hugo Allison & Grace Hooper



1st Place

Bayley Fisher



1st Place

Eleanor McLean & Alec Pitt

TAS Schools Yardstick


1st Place

The Friends School:

Will Wallis & Brendan Crisp

Hugo Hamilton & Will Sargent

Max Gluskie

Girl Yardstick


1st Place

49er FX: Jasmin Galbraith & Chloe Fisher

Boy Yardstick


1st Place

Flying 11: Oliver Pritchard/ Oscar Pritchard & Finn Buchanan

All results can be found here.

All photos of the regatta can be found here or on the Aus Youth Champs Facebook Page.

The 2017 Tasmanian Youth Championships are proudly supported by the Tasmanian Government, Peter Johnson Ship Chandlers and Zhik. The dates and location for the 2018 TAS Youth Champs will be announced shortly on the Youth Champs website.

All eyes now turn to the South Australian State Youth Championships being held later this month from the 25 to 26 March at Largs Bay Sailing Club.

For more information on any of the Australian State Youth Championships visit


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