NT SAILING TEAM
NT Sailors do well at Minnow Nationals
Gary Martin 20/1/2014
The Minnow Nationals, sailed at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron were hotly contested as entries from Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory battled it out for the National Title. Amongst the sailors were nine NT sailors pitting their skills against the best in the Minnow Class. The Open and Junior division saw 48 entries competing for the honours with NT Sailing Team Member, Kieran Schortz showing what NT Juniors are made of finishing in second place in the open fleet with nineteen points just behind Victorian, James Hackett on ten points and two points in front of Victorian, Hayden Harding on twenty-one points. Other NT sailors in the Open and Junior fleet were Hew Wiltshire in fifth place, Patrick Wiltshire in sixteenth, Kyle Bonney in twenty-sixth and Sam Brownscome in twenty-ninth place.
Also representing the NT in a Novice Division with a fleet of 54 Minnows, were Lachlan Anderson finishing sixth, Georgia Glover finishing eighteenth, Peter Pangquee finishing twenty-first and Phoebe Wiltshire in forty-fourth place. YNT congratulates all the Minnow sailors for their efforts and look forward to watching their progress in future championships and their progression into the NT Sailing Team.
NT Sailor takes the trifecta
Gary Martin, 10 January 2014
NT Sailing Team sailor Hamish Wiltshire takes a triple victory by winning the 2014 Australian Youth Championship and the Yachting Australia Grand Prix Series in the Laser 4.7 Class after winning the Australian 4.7 Laser Championship. Hamish sailed consistently throughout the Youth Championship to finish with three firsts, one fourth, seventh, eighth, ninth and eleventh after two drops to give a final score of 42. This was equal points with Victoria’s Jack Graves however after a count back Hamish was awarded the win and is the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth Champion. Hamish's consistent performance throughout the year winning the Australian 4.7 Laser Championship, Australian Youth Championship, Queensland Youth Championship, finishing second in the NSW State Championship and third in the ISAF World Cup put him ahead of the rest of the Australian Youth Sailors giving him the Yachting Australia Grand Prix overall win.
Also sailing in the Australian Youth Championship from the NT were John Lynch and Lewis Radonich who finished 18 and 28 respectively out of 65 of the best 4.7 Laser sailors in Australia.
NT Sailors in the 2014 Tasar Championship
NT sailors competing interstate at the Australian Tasar Championship were Lachlan Heath with Carman Walker sailing Shifty, and Conor Byrne with Michelle Mackie sailing Whammy finishing tenth and fifteenth respectively in a fleet of 67 Tasars. Also from the NT sailing in the Championship was Noel Borel and Fiona McManus finishing 40th sailing Eagle Eye. To see more Tasar results go to Tasar.com.au. Also see Tasar photos by Russell Bates at Oogywawa.com.au.
NT Sailor dominates Australian Laser 4.7 Championship
Gary Martin, Monday 6 January 2014.
NT sailor dominates the Australian Laser 4.7 Championship.
The Australian Laser Open Championship sailed at Melbourne’s McCrae Yacht Club, was dominated by NT Sailing Team member Hamish Wiltshire. Hamish made the most of the strong winds and shifty conditions to take out first place in the Laser 4.7 class. He set his stamp on the regatta from the start by winning the first two races putting him three points ahead of his nearest competitor. Hamish went on to finish with three first places, two second places, two thirds, two fourths and a fifth giving him a final score of 26 points, 8 points ahead of Jack Graves in second place with 34 points and Brody Riley in third place on 35 points.
Hamish who is a member of YNT’s NT Sailing Team and an NT Institute of Sport Scholarship holder has had an impressive year sailing his Laser 4.7. He won first place in the Queensland Midwinter Championship, second place in the NSW State Championship and third place in the ISAF World Cup (Sail Melbourne). Hamish was awarded the 2013 YNT Junior Scholarship Award and was also named the Darwin Sailing Club 2013 Laser Sailor of the Year.
Also sailing in the Australian Laser Open Championship in the 4.7 class was fellow NT Sailing Team member Lewis Radonich. Lewis finished in 24 place overall in the very competitive fleet of 54 Lasers in the challenging conditions.
Both Hamish and Lewis will stay on in Melbourne to compete in the Laser 4.7 division of the Australian Youth Championship to be sailed at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron from 6 to 18 January 2014.
NT Sailing Team at the ISAF World Cup
Gary Martin, Saturday, 11 December 2013
The NT Sailing Team makes a splash at the ISAF World Cup.
The ISAF World Cup finished up in Melbourne on 8th December 2013, with a win and a third place for the NT Sailing Team.
Kieran Schortz won the Minnow Class with an impressive two firsts, a second, third and fifth place giving him a total of 12 points to take the win. Hamish Wiltshire competed in the Laser 4.7 Class scoring one second, two thirds, a forth, sixth, eighth and twelfth with a total of 48 points giving Hamish third place overall.
Two other NT Sailing Team Members Jed Cruickshank finished twenty-first place in the Laser 4.7 while Lewis Radonich sailing his first big competition in the Laser Radial finished in twenty-sixth place. The intensive coaching of the team throughout the year by Jenny Simondson, Jack Benson, Gaetan Luisi and Gary Martin, has paid off with impressive results.
Also competing from the NT was Patrick Wiltshire in the Minnow Class finishing in sixteenth place, and Gaetan Luisi sailing a Laser Standard Rig for France finishing in eighteenth place.
The NT Sailing Team is the high performance face of sailing in the NT and an initiative of Yachting NT in partnership with the NT Institute of Sport (NTIS) and with support from the Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing (DSRR) and the Darwin Sailing Club (DSC). The NT Sailing Team is sponsored by YNT supported by the NT sailing community through fund raising events conducted by team members and their families.
The NT Sailing Team is the development program for high performance sailing in the NT and provides the pathway for elite youth to the Australian Sailing Team and Olympic level competition.
Hamish Wiltshire is awarded the 2013 YNT Junior Scholarship
Gary Martin, Saturday, 05 November 2013
Over the past year Hamish Wiltshire has represented the NT in a number of international and national regattas performing exceptionally well and achieving a number of impressive results in the very competitive Laser 4.7 class.
1st place in Queensland Midwinter Championship
2nd place in the New South Wales State Championship.
6th place in Mandura Easter Regatta
8th place in Sail Melbourne
14th place in Australian Youth Championship
20th place in Australia Laser Championship
Hamish is a fully qualified Yachting Australia Race Officer and along with fellow junior sailor, John Lynch officiated over the novice fleet in the Australian Minnow Championship in Darwin 2013.
Hamish is a member of the NT Sailing Team, NTIS Scholarship holder and assistant sailing instructor at the Darwin Sailing Club. Hamish is also coaching the NT Minnow sailors preparing them for the Australian Minnow Championship to be held in Melbourne in January 2014.
Hamish is a great role model and mentor to all young NT sailors and a proud ambassador for the NT sailing community where ever he travels.
YNT is proud to award the Scholarship and a cheque for $500 to Hamish Wiltshire for his sporting achievements, good sportsmanship and dedication to sailing in 2013.