AUSTRALIAN 420 NATIONALS GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE
Going into today’s final race 12 at the Australian 420 Class National Championships, the top two crews were on points tiebreak and prepared for the podium deciding showdown.
Hosted at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Hobart from 1-8 January, the Championship attracted an excellent fleet of 30 boats from across Australia – New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and one sole Tasmanian entry. Racing was close, with six different crews winning at least one race.
New Zealand’s Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan McGlashan won the vital clash against their Australian rivals Ryan Littlechild/Jack Ferguson to wrap up the overall win today, 8 January. Racing between the pair was tight throughout the series, with the two neck and neck in the final race. The Kiwis wrapped up 4 races wins compared to the Aussies 2 victories, but with super consistent results throughout it was all or nothing on the one final race today. Third overall were Marcello Torre/Tom Larkings who also won two races, to finish with a net 52 points.
In addition to the top three crews, other race winners were Cole Tapper/Tyler Creevey (AUS) who placed fourth overall, with a UFD in the final race, Quinn Auricht/Angus Higgins (AUS), sixth overall, and Finley Scade/Joshua Whitten (AUS) who ended up 11th.
Men teams dominated the fleet, but Sophie Jackson/Chloe Harper from Victoria improved through the series to be first female crew in 10th place. First placed junior crew were also from Victoria, Linus Talacko/Lachie Grogan finishing eighth overall.
The majority of the 420 sailors will now contest the Australian Sailing Youth Championships which kicks off on 10 January and has attracted more than 160 entries across 420s, 29ers, Bic Techno, Laser Radials and 4.7s and Nacra 15 catamarans.
Source: Peter Campbell