The Adelaide Sailing Club has snuck into first place in the overall club standings following the second of three legs of the Australian Sailing SA Youth Tri Series, sponsored by The Sailing Shop, at the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club.
Following the first leg of the series in Port Lincoln, Adelaide was in a close second behind Largs Bay and another consistent effort at the weekend slingshot them into first place.
The Brighton and Seacliff sailors sailed extremely well at their home club achieving the highest club score for the weekend and moving from fourth in Port Lincoln into a close second place.
Overall results below…
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Check out our interviews from the second leg of the Tri Series, which includes chats with international cadet sailors Luke Allison and Harry Mitton, 420 spearheads Matt Meaney and Alex Higgins, and green fleet youngster Darcy Higgins.
Quinn Auricht (BSYC) sailed a great regatta at his home club last weekend to take out the overall honours in the Optimist Open fleet, ahead of club mate Alexi Wigglesworth in second and Adelaide’s Ben Hinks in third.
The racing was close all weekend and not a lot separated the top half dozen, with other sailors such as Jonas Barrett (BSYC), Harry Higgins (BSYC) and Taran Sanderson (BSYC) all in the mix at the top end.
Other great performances included Myles Wilson (ASC) finishing in seventh and Largs Bay’s Carter Baker the first of his club in eighth.
Brighton and Seacliff maintain a stronghold over the open fleet in the Optimist class with six out of the top ten at this leg.
A larger intermediate fleet for the Optimist class showed up for the second leg of the Tri Series with Goolwa’s Albert Howard coming away with the overall win ahead of club mate Ian Irwin in second and Largs Bay’s Finlay Bunt in third.
The racing was again close for the intermediates and the seven boat fleet all got around the course well with every sailor having some great races.
Optimist Green Fleet
With a separate course closer to shore set up for the green fleet sailors, the full amount of races were able to be sailed with a great display of development from everyone on the water.
Green Fleet principal race officer Brett Yardley wanted to congratulate all the sailors in the green fleet and not just the medal winners, so he decided to buy everyone that competed an ice cream at the presentation, which made him a fan favourite.
Brighton’s Will Dallisson came away with the overall win in a close finish ahead of Largs Bay’s Murphy Cowen in second and club mate Fraser Baker in third.
Darcy Higgins (BSYC) and Ava Wilson (ASC) had some of their best performances so far with a fifth and eighth respectively.
The Bics made their Tri Series debut for the season at Brighton and Seacliff last weekend with some exciting sailing on display.
The big swell and difficult conditions proved challenging for some of the boats but every sailor got around the course with a big smile on their face.
Goolwa’s Hugo Spees followed on from a Tri Series in 2015 coming away with the overall regatta win ahead of Adelaide’s Jake Wilson in second and Nicholas Ebourne from the Christies Sailing Club in third.
The Open Bic nationals will be held at the Henley Sailing Club this summer as part of the SA Summer of Sail Festival and will be the first major youth event held at the club in about 30 years.
Issy Royle and Zoe Hinks (ASC) put on a great display in the cadet fleet at the weekend to come away with the overall win in the class and move their way up the Tri Series leaderboard. They sailed well to finish ahead of Largs Bay’s Brooke Gaffney and Darcy Conry in second and Port Lincoln’s Madeline Harris and Mim Stevens in third.
Sam Paynter and Gil Casanova, who are in preparation for the upcoming world championships in Argentina, didn’t have their best regatta finishing fifth overall and slipping to second in the overall Tri Series standings after a dominant outing at their home club at the first leg.
He is now tied for second in the overall standings with Elise Franson and Rachel Huczko (LBSC), who finished sixth at the Brighton and Seacliff leg.
The lasers had a strong fleet at the second leg of the Tri Series, which enabled them to split up in to two separate fleets of radials and 4.7s.
Although he was disqualified in the second-to-last race of the series at the weekend, Adelaide’s John Gordon still managed to take out the overall honours in the Laser Radial fleet with a dominant display.
He finished ahead of Adelaide’s Harrison Barrett in second and Ceduna’s Angus Bubner in third and also took out the overall honours in the laser mixed division that takes into account the 4.7s as well.
After also being disqualified in the same race as Gordon, Josh Hinks (ASC) was able to win in the Laser 4.7 fleet ahead of Alexander Newman (ASC) in second and Sarah Dredge (ASC) in third.
Darcy Fewings (LBSC) also had a good sail and finished in fourth overall.
The state’s top 420s battled it out at the home of where this year’s nationals will be held and showed a great display of high performance racing.
Matt Meaney and Sam Magarey were able to claim the overall honours in a close finish against rivals Alex Higgins and Joal Mackenzie, having it all come down to the final race.
In the last race, Alex and Joal had to finish in first and also get a boat between them and their rivals however were not able to make it happen.
The fleet is now in preparation for the 420 nationals, which will be held at the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club followed by the Australian Youth Championships at Adelaide Sailing Club.
SA Summer of Sail
The SA Summer of Sail was also launched at the second leg of the Tri Series, which is an on-water festival bringing together nine clubs and 15 separate national championships to form a sailing event like nothing ever seen before in the state.
To find out more information head to the official event website or check out the video below…