TIEBREAK 420 FINISH AT AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2019 Australian Youth Championships, 10-14 January, presented by the Australian Maritime College and hosted at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, wrapped up on Monday in Hobart.
The Championship doubled as the final selection event for Australia’s best young sailors to represent Australia at the 2019 World Youth Championships in Gdynia, Poland – so key titles at stake.
Twenty-six 420s had gathered in Hobart off the back of the Australian 420 Nationals. Amongst the all-Australian 420 Class line-up was one New Zealand team in the form of the super strong Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan partnership. The pair took the win as top finisher by 1 point at last week’s Australian 420 National Championship, with the Aussie title going to Ryan Littlechild/Jack Ferguson. This time around the battle was even closer, culminating in a tiebreak on the final day with the two rivals on 16 points apiece. The Kiwis came out on top from their four race victories, but t is Littlechild/Ferguson who take the medals and Australian Youth Championship title.
In the girls, twins Lily and Matilda Richardson have added the Australian girls National Youth title to the 420 Class National title they won at the same venue last week. The pair were first girls home in 8 of the 10 races, and in the breezy conditions gave the boys team a run for their money too. Second girls are Bridget Conrad/Gretel Payne in 16th overall, and third to Chelsea Higgins/Indiah Gibert in 21st overall.
Follow all the Youth Championship action online at www.sailingyouth.org.au and the Australian Sailing Youth social media channels for the latest interviews, images, videos and racing updates.
Follow results from #AusYouthChamps 2019 | CLICK HERE
Social Media | @AustSailYouth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram