Youth Nationals – Wednesday Report & Results

Close racing in the Optimist class at the windward mark.
Close racing in the Optimist class at the windward mark.

Report by Mark Hawksworth

Tuesdays easterly wind died out overnight and a light South Westerly came through in the early hours of Wednesday morning which allowed racing to start as scheduled at 10h00. The Dabchicks and Optimists completed two races before lunch while the Lasers, Cats and Open Class sailed one race before breaking to shore for an early lunch. Both morning races were sailed in a 6 -10 knot South westerly; the wind died off over lunch time and after an extended lunch break racing resumed at 15h00 in a 8-12 knot Easterly wind which gradually freshened to 16 – 20 knots for the fourth and final race of the day.

In the Dabchick Fleet BYC’s Ryan Robinson secured the Dabchick National title for a second consecutive year after winning a further three races and extended his lead to 14 points over second placed Warwick Strutt from IYC. Michael Hoyle put in a solid performance for the day with a first and two seconds and now has a five point advantage on Sonya Stock from ZVYC in their battle for third place with once race remaining.

In the Optimists ZVYC’s Matt Ashwell put in a stellar performance with three firsts and a second over RCYC’s Zander Brooks to secure the National Championship. James Vonk, Calum Gaughran and Duncan Hawksworth are separated by two points in the battle for third place which will be decided in the final race on Friday.

In the Laser Radial fleet Calvin Gibbs, has a one point advantage over Yogi Divaris, while Marcello Marcia move up into third place a further two points adrift of Divaris. Unfortunately Marcia scored an OCS in race 8 which essentially ruled him out of contention to challenge Gibbs and Divaris for the National title in the final race.

In the Laser 4.7 the Kai Leslie secured the Laser 4.7 National title and extended his lead over Chad Bilsbury to 7 points while Elsje Djikstra put in a solid performance to move up to third place one point ahead of Cullen Keytel.

In the 420’s Michaela Robison and Jenna Bailes maintained their 4 point advantage over Zak and Jaco Bester, third placed Nic Faraday and Wade Ashton scored two DNC’s and now hold a three point advantage over fourth placed Anke van Rooyen and Lea Smit.

In the Darts BYC’s Gerhard van Niekerk & Joshua Gerber maintain a six point lead over ELYC’s Kenan Coetzee & Kate Hawkes who scored two firsts and a second to move up to second place, one point ahead of Bradley Levin & Melissa Kleynjan from SYC.

Today’s racing (Thursday) was dedicated Team Racing which was sailed in a 4-8 knot Northerly wind. In the Dabchick Class Western Province A beat Western Province B while in the Optimist class Western Province edged out The Northern Region team in a three race thriller.

Results after 11 Races:

Dabchicks: 33 entries
1 Ryan Robinson, BYC,
2 Warwick Strutt, IYC
3 Michael Hoyle, IYC
4 Sonya Stock, ZVYC

Optimists: 35 Entries
1 Matt Ashwell, ZVYC
2 Zander Brooks, RCYC
3 Duncan Hawksworth, BSC

Laser Radial: 13 entries
1 Calvin Gibbs, IYC
2 Yogi Divaris, KYC
3 Marcello Marcia, VLC

Laser 4.7: 11 entries
1 Kai Leslie, ZVYC
2 Chad Bilsbury, IYC
3 Elsje Djikstra

Darts: 11 entries
1 Gerhard van Niekerk & Joshua Gerber, BYC
2 Kenan Coetzee & Kate Hawkes, ELYC
3 Bradley Levin & Melissa KLeynjan, SYC

Open Dinghies, Double handed Trapeze: 12 entries
1 Michaela Robinson & J Bailes, RNYC, 420
2 Zak Bester & Jaco Bester, VLC, 420
3 Nic Faraday & Wade Ashton, 420

Open Dinghies : 14 entries
1 Robyn Helstrom, GLYC, RS Tera Pro
2 J P Kriel, KYC, RS Tera Pro
3 Nathan Muller &  James Allen, ELYC

Open Cats: 4 entries
1 Brandon Wijtenburg & Todd Fisher, SYC / LDYC
2 Dylan Albert & James Butler, PYC
3 Camryn Doubell & Jessica Schmid, LDYC

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