YNT Regatta & NT Championship

Gary Martin August 2015

Action on the water at the NT Champs.

The 24 to 26 July 2015 saw a good turnout of off the beach boats competing in the 2015 Yachting Northern Territory Sailing Regatta. This is the premier event on the NT sailing calendar incorporating the Northern Territory Championship for recognised classes. The regatta attracted strong fleets in the Minnow, Laser and Tasar classes as well a fleet of mixed dinghies and catamarans.

The regatta is organised annually by Yachting NT and hosted by the Darwin Sailing Club. This year was officiated by the Club Sailing Manager, Ed Vincent and a team of dedicated volunteers, without whom sailing events like this would not be possible.

As usual Darwin turned on some beautiful sunny days and clear skies with the tranquil waters of Fannie Bay providing the ideal sailing venue. Unfortunately the wind gods did not play their part and the three days saw light winds between 5 to 8 knots with the expected 15 knot sea breeze arriving Sunday afternoon, after the final race.

Eight Minnow class dinghies sailed consistently with first place being taken out by Huw Wiltshire sailing Ozone followed by Natalie Lynch in Sea Monkey in second place and Rachelle Van den Herik sailing Mr happy into third place.

The nine Laser entries were a combination of standard, radial and 4.7 rigs with the VYC yardstick used to calculate the results. Hamish Wiltshire sailing Karragane (Radial) was the clear winner on 8 points, followed by John Lynch sailing Crocbait (Radial) on 17 points and Gary Martin sailing Jersey Girl (Standard) with 21.5 points.

The Tasar class saw nine boats battle it out for the major places with only two point separating the first and second places after 10 races. First place in the strong Tasar fleet went to Lachlan Heath sailing Too Shifty with 10 points followed by Conor Byrne in Whammyy with 12 points. Third place saw Phil Burgess in Beebop and Noel Borel in Humdinger on equal 31 points. After a countback tiebreaker third place was awarded to Phil Burgess sailing Beebop.

In the mixed catamaran division Ingo Niemeier sailing Pigs Can Fly Again (A Class) came first in front of Simon Cruickshank on Smokin (A Class). Lucile Panting sailing Black Pearl (Taipan) also sailed in the off the beach catamarans.

The off the beach Monohull division consisted of three 29ers and one RS 100 with first place being taken by Karl Radonich sailing Bat Fink (RS100) with Kyle Bonney sailing Evolution (29er) second and Sam Brownscombe sailing Queen Ann’s Revenge (29er) in third place.

YNT would like to thank the Darwin Sailing Club for hosting the event, the sailors and their supporters for competing and all the volunteers who gave freely of their time to make the 2015 Yachting NT Sailing Regatta a great success. We look forward to another successful regatta in 2016.

For details results click on the link below.



YouthSail and NT Junior Sail

Gary Martin 7 July 2015 

YouthSail and NT Junior Sail were conducted by Yachting NT (YNT) at the Darwin Sailing Club from 27 June to 2 July 2015. A group of 21 young NT sailors signed up for the two events sailing 29ers, Lasers, Minnows and Laser Pico’s.

2015 is the first time NT Junior Sail was managed fully by YNT and was run over six half days combining with YouthSail where possible. Junior Sail sailors were under the watchful eye of the YNT Head Coach Tom Vincent as they received expert coaching. The eight sailors in Junior Sail went through training drills improving their boat handling skills as well as learning new sailing skills. The coaching will help them become more proficient sailors and increase their enjoyment of the sailing in the future.

Thirteen NT Sailors also qualified and signed up for YouthSail this year, including Lars Kolfen from the Gove Boat Club. YouthSail was conducted as a six full day intensive coaching event. YNT contracted Ben Gunther, one of Yachting Australia’s High Performance Coaches, to be the YouthSail Coach for 2015. The YouthSailors received both on and off water coaching giving them a good understanding of weather forecast, tactics, rules and boat preparation as well as honing their skills in starting and up wind sailing techniques on the water.

YouthSail and Junior Sail are important steps in the development of youth sailing in the NT and play a vital role in preparing young NT sailors to compete on an equal footing at interstate and international regattas. At the completion of YouthSail six of the participants travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Championship, where it is hoped that the YouthSail Coaching will give them an edge over the other competitors. YNT wishes them luck and looks forward to seeing their YouthSail coaching experience reflected in their results.

YouthSail and NT Junior Sail are initiatives of YNT and are supported by the NT Government, Department of Sport and Recreation and the Darwin Sailing Club. YNT would like to thank coaches Ben Gunther and Tom Vincent as well as all the sailors who competed in YouthSail and NT Junior Sail and wish them luck in their future sailing.




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