The NSW State Youth Championships were held at Point Wolstoncroft from 5-7 October 2019. Joining the Squadron's strong representation in Lasers, 420s and Boards, seven young Optimist Dinghy sailors enthusiastically participated.
Benedict McKay reports:
In the Intermediate class we had Ben Tattersall and Stirling McKay, and in the Open fleet, Harriet McLachlan, Spencer McKay, Connor Warner, Louis Tilley (pictured above) and myself.
The Opti fleet had 70 boats across the Open and Intermediate fleets, many of these from interstate. After all the boats were rigged our Squadron sailors were ready to go for a 10am start. The course was set just around the head with a 6-10 knot breeze. At the end of the day, both fleets had some very impressive results, Stirling managed a 7th in the Intermediates, while in the Open fleet Harriet and Spencer both took advantage of the left-hand shift and achieved top 20 results.
Day two saw more consistent breezes which meant the race committee aimed to get four races in. The conditions were 7-15 knots as well as a consistent oscillating breeze. Both the first and second races were very light which proved testing for our sailors. The third and fourth races had more breeze which made the races very tactical. At the end of the day, Ben T finished with a very strong top 10 finish as well as two other top 20s. The Open fleet also had some good results: I finished 10th and Connor climbed in the standings after some good races.
The sailors left the beach at 9:15am ready for the last two races of the regatta. The forecast was looking light but as the competitors left, strong winds greeted them on the way out. In the Intermediate fleet, Ben finished the regatta with a 17th and a 15th which put him into a great spot to finish the regatta. In the Open fleet, the sailors were fatigued which meant that they had mixed results. In the last race, Spencer finished with a 12th place. The participants were done for the weekend and were pleased with their results. Everyone achieved their personal bests - a big shout out to Louis who smashed his previous record.
Thank you to RSYS Intermediate Members Charlotte Griffin and Jack Littlechild who coached both fleets and did a great job teaching everyone new skills and helping them to improve.