12 Oct 2020
2020 New Zealand Youth Championship results
New Zealand would have sent a strong team to this year's youth sailing world championships, judging by the quality of racing seen at the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Championships.
The youth championships are typically used as a trial event to pick the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team and, while this year's youth worlds in Brazil were cancelled due to Covid-19, a team was still picked after four days of intense racing at the Manly Sailing Club.
The competitors faced challenging conditions throughout - one day was lost due to strong winds - particularly on the final day when a 15-22 knots easterly accompanied by big waves swept down the course.
"We had some great quality racing and that was demonstrated by the intensity and standard we witnessed," Yachting New Zealand talent development manager Geoff Woolley said. "It was right up there across the fleets and we need to keep building on that.
"A lot of our top teams would have been competitive on the world stage and I think we would have done well at the youth worlds this year. It's obviously disappointing they won't be able to go overseas to compete but it is still a special achievement to make the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team."
Woolley has been impressed by the number of sailors who have taken a long-term approach this year, due largely to the cancellation of the youth worlds, with many jumping in different classes or positions to broaden their skills.
Some of the racing was incredibly close.
Mason Mulcahy / Cam McGlashan, and Amelia Angus / Rebecca Hume showed their class in the boy's and girl's 420 respectively.
Some sailors will now be moving out of the youth classes as they continue their sailing careers but for others it's only the start.
"It was great to see all of the newer sailors to the youth level and they have now seen the level," Woolley said. "They now have a good benchmark in New Zealand to work off.
"We saw some amazing sailing on the Saturday. It was really challenging with steep waves, which tested everyone's boat handling and race craft. The race management team did an incredible job to get in as many races as possible and having the level of experience of the people involved was invaluable.
"We would encourage everyone to take a break and focus on school and exams because it has been an intense winter. We will take some time now to review and put some plans in place for the upcoming year and look forward to a really good domestic summer."
Results and standings from the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Championships at the Manly Sailing Club:
1st: Mason Mulcahy / Cam McGlashan (MBSC) 1 (2) 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 - 13 pts
2nd: Hugo McMullen / Tim Howse (Kohimarama Yacht Club/MBSC) 2 1 3 2 (8 DSQ) 1 3 6 4 5 - 27 pts
3rd: Lucas Day / Sam Scott (MBSC) 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 (8 DSQ) 5 3 - 36 pts
1st: Amelia Angus / Rebecca Hume (MBSC) 3 3 2 (4) 1 3 1 3 1 2 - 19 pts
2nd: Kiera Sinton / Leah Sinton (MBSC/Wakatere Boating Club) (5) 5 5 5 3 5 4 2 3 4 - 36 pts
3rd: Megan Hume / Isabelle Lecher (MBSC) 6 6 (7) 6 5 6 7 4 6 6 - 52 pts