Mighty Minnows in the YNT Youth Sailing Cup

Gary Martin 30 December 2016

The 2016 Youth Sailing Cup conducted by Yachting NT and sponsored by Nautical Supplies, was hotly contested in the Minnow Class. Twelve Minnows sailed in 2016 season with nine of these in scoring contention for the Cup.  As only the top five boats in each of the eight races were counted, consistency as well as performance played a big part in determining the final outcome.  Placing in the top five in most races Aden McGrath took out the first place in the Youth Sailing Cup followed by Rachel van den Herik in second and Tiffany Chamberlain taking third place.

 Congratulations to each of the three sailors who received a trophy and a voucher from Nautical Supplies.  Prizes were presented by Phil Burgess, YNT Vice President, and Mathew Punch, Nautical Supplies Manager.  Thankyou to Nautical Supplies for their genreous sponsorship.



YNT Youth Sailing Cup Laser Class

Gary Martin 30 December 2016

I would like to thank Yachting NT for its ongoing support by providing the opportunity to help young Laser sailors like myself, improve their knowledge and skills with a combination of local and interstate coaching.

I believe their input and regular club racing has assisted me in developing the mindset of a competitive club sailor against other Laser participants. I am keen to discover the progress I have achieved at the up and coming Laser Nationals and the Australian Youth Championships which will be held in Adelaide.

I acknowledge the contribution of YNT funded NT Sailing Team Coach, Tom Winter, for his ongoing commitment to the team, and I would also like to thank the rest of my team mates for really pulling together and committing to weekly training. The time on the water has been invaluable to me. Lastly, thank you to the DSC and the volunteers for organising and running club races which were the basis for creating the NT Youth Sailing Cup.

 Sponsorship is greatly appreciated in any form and I will put my Nautical Supplies Store voucher to good use for the championships in Adelaide.

Paris van den Herik - NT Sailing Team member and Laser Sailor.



YNT Youth Sailing Cup

Gary Martin 29 December 2016

The K&K racing team (Kieran and Kyle) have very much enjoyed all the race’s that have been run by the sailing club. The new ‘Youth Sailing Cup’ was a very good idea as it gives young sailors a good chance to compete in a grand prix like scenario just like they would when they go down to national and international regattas.

The number of 29ers that were out on the water and racing was down compared to the number we had last year unfortunately. It would be great to see more 29ers out on the water in next year’s season as it is a lot of fun to sail a 29er and having more boats compete would be a great learning experience for everyone involved.

This year we usually only had 2 or 3 29ers racing and the match racing style of sailing was new to all of us and therefore the competition was fierce. This year’s Youth Sailing Cup allowed the competitors to refine and practice our on the water skills as well as our regatta preparation skills. As the K&K racing team will do the ISAF sail Melbourne world cup, sail Sydney, Australian Youth Nationals and the 29er Nationals during the Christmas break we hope that the skills we have gained from this year’s club racing will help us compete in these events.

We would like to thank the YNT for the support they have given the NT Sailing Team throughout 2016, the race committee for running the races and offering support on the water and all other sailors for creating competition and creating the fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

Kieran & Kyle (K&K Racing Team)




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