Hamish Wiltshire awarded the 2014 YNT Junior Scholarship
Gary Martin 9 November 2014
Yachting NT awarded Hamish Wiltshire the YNT Junior Scholarship award at the Darwin Sailing Club Presentation night held on 8 November 2014. The scholarship is judged not only on the performance of the sailors nationally and internationally but on their good sportsmanship and willingness to share their knowledge and help other junior sailors. During the presentation YNT President, Gary Martin highlighted Hamish’s achievements throughout the year and recognised his dedication to the sport of sailing. Hamish was one of a number of nominations for the award however through his performance internationally and nationally and his commitment to training and coaching other sailors Hamish stood out from the others.
Over the past year Hamish has sailed in a number of international and national regattas performing exceptionally well and achieving a list of impressive results in the very competitive Laser Class, his results Included
1st place in Australian Laser 4.7 Championship
1st place Australian Laser 4.7 Youth Championship
1st place Yachting Australia Laser 4.7 Grand Prix Series
2nd place in the NT Laser Open Championship
3rd place in ISAF World Cup (Sail Melbourne)
9th place in the WA Laser Radial State Championship.
11th place in the Queensland Midwinter Championship and
12th place in the Madura Easter Regatta
In August this year Hamish travelled to Karatsu Japan where he was one of 5 sailors representing Australia in the Laser 4.7 World Championship. He sailed in a variety of conditions finishing 29 out of 62 of the best 4.7 boy Laser sailors in the world. His result was the highest placing Australian boy Laser sailor at the event.
Hamish is a qualified Race Officer, a member of the NT Sailing Team, an assistant sailing instructor and Tackers instructor at the Darwin Sailing Club and also coaches the NT Minnow sailors, preparing them for National championships in WA. Hamish is a roll model and mentor to all junior sailors.
YNT is proud to award the Scholarship and a cheque for $500 to Hamish Wiltshire who no doubt will put this to good use and competing at this level is not cheap and not for the feint hearted.
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.