The Zhik 2018 Australian 9er Championships kicked off the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly Summer of Sailing with tight competition at the top, and wins for sailors from Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales, and Western Australia.
The 29ers had glamour conditions on Moreton Bay for the duration of their regatta, with 10 – 15 knot winds making competition both exciting and challenging for both competitors and race officials.
The Australian 9er Championships have concluded today with two races in light breezes to round out the regatta which featured all manner of sailable conditions, ensuring that those looking for Australian and Youth Selection could be guaranteed an all round test.
RQYS Squadron sailor Ashlee Daunt took first female skipper, a great result from Ash and her crew Matt Rogers. They will go on to compete at the Australian Sailing Youth Championships, held early next month at RQYS.
Alice Buchanan and Dervla Duggan from Sandy Bay Sailing Club in Tasmania won first female team.
Otherwise it was the New South Wales teams that dominated in the 29ers, with our NSW sailors taking out all overall podium places.
Lachie Brewer and Max Paul from Middle Harbour Yacht Club took home first place. Henry Larkings and Miles Davey from Woollahra Sailing Club came in second. Finally, Archie Cropley and Simon Murnaghan also from Middle Harbour Yacht Club walked away with third place.
Many of the 29ers made a swift exit from the Squadron following the presentation to head directly to Hong Kong for the 29er Worlds 2018. The conditions in Brisbane made for excellent preparation for whatever that regatta presents.
In the 49er class it was David Gilmour from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in WA, and Joel Turner from Queensland’s Southport Yacht Club who dominated the regatta, winning 10 of the 16 races held. Gilmore and Turner are the lead combination in the Australian Sailing Team as the European Season looms over the horizon.
Fellow Queenslanders Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto came in second place for the 49ers, followed by Lachy Gilmour and Ryan Donaldson from Western Australia in third.
In the 49erFX Class the regatta long duel between Elks/Clark and Bryant/Wilmot ultimately settled with Caitlin Elks and Hayley Clark from South of Perth Yacht Club, Fremantle Sailing Club and Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club taking home first place.
This win left Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in second place, followed by Amelia Stabback and Ella Clark also from Fremantle Sailing Club in third.
The Zhik 2018 Australian 9er Championships was just the beginning of what is fast becoming one of the largest ever regatta series hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
We look forward to seeing some 9er sailors back again for the 2018 Australian Youth Championships commencing 11 January.
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