Over the Long weekend the RSYS Youth Sailing community made their annual pilgrimage to the YNSW Youth Championships up at
South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club. With more than 400 competitors across numerous classes, it was one of the biggest regattas most kids
and parents had ever been to.
RSYS was represented by more than 30 young sailors in classes ranging from Optimists, Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials, Bic Technos (windsurfer), Nacra 15s (catamarans) and 420s.
This was one of the biggest ever representations by the RSYS Youth Fleet and showed the strength of our program, not just at club level, but at a state and national level, and we came away with some great results.
- Zac West won a tightly contested Laser Radial class, with all the RSYS sailors inside the top 15.
- In the Laser 4.7s RSYS claimed the trifecta with Brooke Wilson 1st, Mina Ferguson 2nd and Daniel Costandi 3rd.
- Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson claimed 2nd and Gretel Payne 7th in the 420s.
- Vaughn O’Shea came 4th in the Bic Techno.
- Rohan Stannage in his first regatta in the Nacra 15s finished 7th.
While RSYS didn’t claim any podium places in the Optimist class, the squad made some big improvements:
- Vidhi Gupta, Tom Flannery, Viraj Gupta and Charlie Whitnall all sailed in Green fleet for the first time and finished in the top 12.
- Several sailors all moved up a fleet with seven sailors all moving through to Intermediate and Open Fleets.
The off-water action was also a geat success and greatly enjoyed by all. We booked accommodation at Point Wolstonecroft Sport and Recreation camp and 36 sailors and their families stayed in the lodges for group dinners and activities. Plenty of interclub, interclass and even parent vs child competitions went on after sailing. Basketball, Disc Golf and Giant Chess were just a few of the challenges that were put out to the team. Rumour has it one father even had to retire, claiming an injury after too much Disc Golf!
We would like to thank Youth Sailing Chair Niki O’Shea for organising the food for such a large group - by all accounts the food was top grade and there are calls for you to start your own catering company.
The next event on the Calendar is the first round of the RSYS Club Championship on 21 October, followed by the Youth Season Opening dinner to which everyone is invited. Click here for more information on the dinner.
Article by Locky Pryor