YNT YouthSail 2014
Gary Martin July 2014
Ten of the NT’s most promising junior sailors enrolled in YouthSail 2014 conducted by Yachting NT from 23 to 27 June 2014. YNT bought Aidan McLaverty to the NT as the Principal YouthSail Coach for 2014. Aidan enjoyed a break from the cold weather of Melbourne while working alongside YNT Head Coach Jenny Simondson to give the sailors a week of high performance coaching on and off the water. The juniors ranging in ages from ten to seventeen years old sailed their Lasers and Minnows enjoyed the coaching benefiting from the experience that was on offer.
YouthSail is an intensive week long coaching program designed to give NT Junior Sailors the benefit of high performance coaching available in Australia. YouthSail is conducted by YNT and supported by the Darwin Sailing Club and the NT Government.
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.