McGrath family shine in the Minnow Championships

Gary Martin 9 August 2017

The inaugural NT Youth Championship for the Minnow Class was sailed as part of the NT Championship. The Minnow class was well represented with nine boats lining up for this prestigious event. Competition was hot with the top six boats in contention for the honours and the medals. Aden McGrath was on form sailing his Minnow to certain victory with five straight wins until he was taken ill and forced to miss the final two races. Aden’s unfortunate illness open the way for younger brother James to shine and take first place over all with Aden finishing in second place followed by the youngest William McGrath in third.

The Minnows would like to thank the Darwin Sailing Club for hosting the event and Nautical Supplies and the NT Government for their sponsorship.



Croc stops the NT Championship.

Gary Martin 9 August 2017

The NT Championship incorporating the inaugural NT Youth Championship was sailed over the Darwin Show weekend, 28 to 30 July 2017. The event organised by Australian Sailing and Yachting NT and was hosted by the Darwin Sailing Club with sponsorship from Nautical Supplies and the NT Government. The Championships attracted good fleets of off the beach classes made up of A Class Catamarans, Lasers, Tasars and Minnows. This also included an open mixed regatta to cater for class boats that did not met the minimum of five entries for the Championship.

Sailing was conducted on the beautiful waters of Fannie Bay and got off to a shaky start when a 3.5 metre Crocodile was sighted close to the race area. The sighting prompted a postponement of the first race with all competitors ordered off the water. With the reptile safely herded out of the area by the safety boats, racing resumed after an extended lunch break, allowing enough time to ensure the croc had not returned. The eight race event consisting of windward return courses, were sailed in a variety of wind conditions and strong tide. The weekend saw sailors contending with a seven metre tide adding an extra dimension to the mix.

 

Overall the racing was close with consistency being the telling factor in determining the winners. With the results of the Youth Championship being awarded in two classes. The Minnow Class being the largest single youth fleet of nine boats were awarded full places while the remaining youths were entered as a mixed class using standard yardstick handicaps to calculate the placings.

2017 NT Championships Results

 

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

Skipper

Crew

LASERS

1

177739

Calmer Suture

Phil Toonson

 

2

168162

Reckless Rebel

Paris Van Den Herik

 

3

207476

Jersey Girl

Gary Martin

 

TASARS

1

1047

Something in the Water

Ayla Wharton

Nick Fewster

2

2659

Public anemone 2

Jonathan Talbot

Caroline Talbot

3

2904

Crackerjack

Fiona Mcmanus

Heike Saalmueller

A-CLASS

1

AUS909

Elementool

Brendon Dally

 

2

A20

Smokin

Simon Cruickshank

 

3

940

Pigs Can Fly Again

Ingo Niemeier

 

MIXED MONOS

1

1848

Evolution

Kieran Schortz

Kyle Bonney

2

1696

Nitro

Jed Cruickshank

Finn Niemeier

3

3084

Back in Black

Paul Champion

PJ Doran

MINNOWS

1

1044

Sea Monkey

James McGrath

 

2

1132

Ozone

Aden McGrath

 

3

768

Bubbles

William McGrath

 

 

NT Youth Championships

 

MINNOWS

1

1044

Sea Monkey

James McGrath

 

2

1132

Ozone

Aden McGrath

 

3

768

Bubbles

William McGrath

 

MIXED - YOUTH

1

168162

Reckless Rebel

Paris Van Den Herik

 

2

1848

Evolution

Kieran Schortz

Kyle Bonney

3

174312

Captain Goodvibes

Natalie Lynch

 

 




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