Podium Line-Up Looking Strong as Australian Youth Nationals enter final day
The 2015 Australian Youth Championships have reached their final stages and racing on Friday's penultimate day, 9 January, saw fierce battles for the top spots on the leader board.
The 'Fremantle Doctor' stayed away again and conditions remained tricky and shifty. Saturday will be the final Youth Championships race day with two races scheduled across all fleets. Eight races have now been completed for the thirty-three boat 420 fleet,with just two to go on Saturday.
New South Wales sailors Alec Brodie and Xavier Winston-Smith (NSW) posted another three bullets ensuring an impressive 22 points lead over of the second male crew and overall third James Grogan and Nicholas Sharman (VIC) ahead of tomorrow's final race day.
"We've been leading since yesterday and we're pretty happy with our regatta so far," said crew Xavier Winston-Smith after racing. "We haven't sailed any drops and have been really consistent, especially in the last five races. We've really been putting together everything we've training for and can't complain. We were a bit disappointed with our nationals results and just wanted to come here and show what we are capable of."
And about today's racing his skipper Alec Brodie added: "It was really tight and good racing. The conditions were really trick and the pressure was up and down, but we just made the best of it."
WA locals and recent 420 National Female champions Nia Jerwood and Lisa Smith moved up the ranks once again and will go into the final race day ranked overall second and top female boat. The 420 National Champions and 2014 Australian Sailing Youth have had a strong regatta and are relishing the opportunity to race in the mixed fleet on home waters in conditions, which suit them as Nia Jerwood explained:
"The 'Freo Doctor' has not come in so far, so it's been good for us with some light winds and shifts. We like the tricky conditions a bit better than the heavy ones as this also means we can get the upper hand on the boys." And crew Lisa Smith added "We had a pretty good day today and got two seconds. The conditions were tricky so we had to work hard to get there but we did it."
Racing is scheduled to resume at 1200 hours on Saturday 10 January 2015 with the final two races of the regatta.
For all results see here: 2015 Australian Youth Championships results are available here: www.fsc.com.au/sailing-events/2015-australian-youth-championships
Source: Cora Zillich/Australian Sailing Team