As two of the Squadron’s strongest Laser Radial competitors, Maddie O’Shea and Campbell Patton are training hard with the Australian Youth Squad in the lead up to the Youth Sailing World Championships 2018. The championships will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas, the USA from the 14 – 22 July.
As the female representative for Australia in the Laser Radial division, Maddie O’Shea has had an extremely successful year of racing with her dedication to training paying dividends. A few of her most impressive results include 1st at the Australian and Oceania Open Laser Championships 2018 in the Radial U19 women’s division, 2nd at the Australian Youth Championships 2018 in the Radial women’s division and being offered a place in the NSW Youth Sailing Team. In addition to her success on the water, Maddie received the RSYS Joanne Trophy in recognition of her commitment to competitive Laser sailing, contributions as a volunteer at the Squadron and as a role model to other youth sailors.
Representing Bermuda at his second Youth Sailing World Championships Campbell Patton looks forward to pushing himself and hopes to build upon his recent results. Beginning in an Optimist when he was seven years old Campbell has been encouraged to become a competitive sailor by his parents both of whom have competed at an elite level. Transitioning to the Laser Campbell started to find his element and at recent events has had a string of exceptional results, especially at the Laser Radial Youth European Championships 2018 where he placed third out of 154 boats.
With less than five days before racing begins in Texas, both Maddie and Campbell are extremely excited to compete at the championships.
“I’m looking forward to sailing in some breeze and seeing old friends,” Campbell said.
Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2m1hH3z
Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Darcie C Photography (Maddie O'Shea), Gãbor Cserto (Campbell Patton)