Tasmanian Schools Regatta and Youth Championship Wrap Up
by Richard McMinn
The Leven Yacht Club in Ulverstone hosted the 2015/16 Tasmanian Schools Regatta and Youth Championship this weekend. Thirty five boats entered crewed by young sailors from around the state many sailing on behalf of their schools in teams of three boats. This was one of the larger fleets in recent years and a great result considering the distance teams needed to travel to compete. Starting was delayed for nearly an hour on day one as the race committee waited for the forecast north westerly wind to settle in. As the clouds finally cleared the breeze came in building to ten to fifteen knots and picking up a bit of swell which would keep the crews busy for the remainder of the day.
Unfortunately for local Ulverstone High School sailor Sam Norman, his Mosquito catamaran was dismasted early in the first race as he led the fleet to the first mark leaving the way open for the Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship holders, Jasmin Galbraith and Chloe Fisher representing Launceston Grammar, to take line honours in their 29er skiff. They followed this up with line honours again in the second race.
In the hotly contested eleven boat strong Laser Radial dinghy fleet, The Hutchins School student and Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Sam King sailed well throughout the day taking line honours in all four races. TIS Emerging Talent Squad sailors, Ryan Moreton and The Friends’ School representative Max Gluskie finished equal second in points with Moreton coming out ahead in the countback.
Sailors showed up for racing on Day 2 under ominous skies, with an even more ominous forecast. Severe weather warnings had been issued for the length of the North-West Coast and conditions were predicted to deteriorate throughout the day. As if on cue, as sailors began to rig their boats, a thunderstom passed overhead bringing with it gale force winds. These winds combined with a heavy sea state and strong outgoing tide made conditions too treacherous to exit the river mouth and the decision was made to abandon racing for the day. This meant that the standings from Day 1 were held as the final regatta results.
In the overall yardstick placings, Galbraith and Fisher proved dominant being the top placed female crew and overall winners by a good margin. Second placed and top ranked male crew went to Will Wallis and Will Sargent representing The Friends’ School also sailing a 29er. Sam King took out third in his Laser Radial. The winning team were the students from The Friends School who sailed consistently well all weekend.
A full breakdown of all results can be found on the event page.