Australia decides ISAF Youth Worlds representatives
The crunch event of the year for many of Australia's youth teams, was the Australian Youth Championships 2013 held at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania from 6-10 January 2013. A mix of close racing and strong breeze put the teams through their paces, with 30 teams competing in the 420 fleet.
Lachlan Gilmour and Thomas Blaauw have qualified for their first Australian Sailing Youth Team following their win in the 420 class. The pair overcame a horrible start to the regatta, a black flag in race one, to work their way up the leader board and take the win on the final day with three wins from three starts.
"It wasn't the best of starts but we came back together and managed to get over the line and get the win in the end," said Blaauw. "We've been training for this for the last two years, it's been on our mind at every training session and something that we really wanted."
The Gilmour family isn't new to the Australian Sailing Youth Team, with Lachlan's older brother David representing Australia at the 2009 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.
"We're looking forward to the opportunity to race at the Youth Worlds and hopefully we can top David's results from Brazil in 2009," said Gilmour.
In a very tight finish just three points separated the top three with William Boulden and Nicholas Gale second and Xavier Winston-Smith and Joshua Dawson third.
Image: Carrie Smith/Ella Clark © DL Sport Fotos
West Australians Carrie Smith and Ella Clark will compete at their third straight Youth Worlds following their win in the 420 girl's class. Smith and Clark, who won silver in Ireland in 2012, will be looking to go one better in Cyprus this July.
"Last year we did two times better than the year before so hopefully we can do it again and move up," said Smith.
Smith and Clark finished the week fifth overall, one ahead of the second placed girl's crew of Monique de Vries and Danielle Carr. Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith finished third in the girl's class, with Sophie McIntosh and Scott Charlton the winning mixed crew.