SUCCESSFUL CHAMPIONHIP DEFENCE AT AUSTRALIAN YOUTH NATIONALS
The 2018 Australian Youth Championship has wrapped up in style at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on 15 January with tight racing on the final day deciding national titles, podium finishes and Australian Youth Team selection.
The stars of tomorrow showed their skills across the youth classes in blustery conditions off Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, completing four days of intense competition. For the second year in a row, Otto/Romë 420 Sailing Team have won the 420 fleet, headlining a strong line-up of teams.
Tom said he was “super happy” that the hard work had paid off.
“I really enjoyed the race today. Whilst it was super-shifty and the wind was going all over the shop, the tension was actually was pretty good fun.”
Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone made it back-to-back national titles in the 420s. After winning at the Youth Worlds in China last year, the boys said they were keen to keep learning and improving.
“I was so focused last year on doing well at the Youth Worlds I didn’t really think about anything happening this year at all,” Rome said. “I barely even knew we were going to do this event.”
Otto said: “I’m kind of just relieved to get the spot again. Usually these small events with not many boats can be a bit tricky.”
Melbourne twins, Matilda and Lily Richardson took out the girls’ 420 title and said their hard work at training was the key.
“We just had to manage mainly the other girls’ boats to try and stay in front, which we managed to do,” Matilda said.
“We’ve done a lot of training with a really good coach, Adrian Finglas. He’s helped us a lot. He’s great.”
Lily said: “We’d like to thank our parents for paying for everything and always being there.”
Top Ten Overall
1. Otto Henry / Rome Featherstone (AUS) - 9 pts
2. Marcello Torre / Owen Ready (AUS) - 21 pts
3. Alex Higgins / Joal Mackenzie (AUS) - 30 pts
4. Raffael Torre / Tom Hodge (AUS) - 33 pts
5. Cole Tapper / Thomas Green (AUS) - 34 pts
6. Ryan Littlechild / Tyler Creevey (AUS) - 44 pts
7. Matt Meaney / Angus Higgins (AUS) - 49 pts
8. Matilda Richardson / Lily Richardson (AUS) - 54 pts
9. Rebecca Hancock / Rhiannan Brown (AUS) - 68 pts
10. Lucy Alderson / Sophie Townes (AUS) - 71 pts