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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:31 pm Page 46 Centreboard QLD Youth Week Wrap Up By Stephen Collopy (quotes sourced from ISAF website) Below are the results of the Club’s competitors 29er 1st Kurt Hansen and Jim Colley 8th Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot Hobie 16 4th Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf Left to right: Shaun Connor, Sophie Renouf, Kurt Hansen and Jim Colley Photo Chris Farquaharson Laser 4.7 7th Nathan Bryant 11th Anthony Hawke 16th Jake Sweeney 19th Charley Wells 23rd Boston Cortis 24th Logan Wells 25th Jarrah Sheppard 28th James Derry RPAYC Youth centreboard sailors have performed exceptionally well in this year’s Queensland Youth Week hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with support Optimist – Open 20th Daniel Links from Yachting Australia. 25th Luke Derry Over 300 boats took to the waters of Waterloo Bay on the shores of the Brisbane 29th Fletcher Walters suburb of Manly, among the entries 29 young RPAYC sailors made the journey 32nd Morgan Wells to QLD. This regatta is considered a key race to determine the ISAF Australian Team to take Optimist Intermediate on the world in the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships held in Malaysia later 3rd Findlay Crafter 4th Olivia Williams this year. 2014 29er Open World Champion, Kurt Hansen and his new crew member, Jim Colley 12th Charlie Hildebrand (pending YA selection criteria) have been named to represent Australia in the 29er 18th Bayley Taylor division. “We’re pretty stoked to win this regatta and the Youth Team spot. Of course there was a little bit of that extra selection pressure, but our goal here was to get top threes and apart from one race we managed to do that and slowly managed to get a bit of a lead in the regatta,” Jim Colley said The other RPAYC team to qualify is the Hobie 16 sailors, Shaun Connor and Sophie Renouf. This will be Shaun’s second time representing the country at the World Championships as he was part of the 29er team in 2014 sailing with Jim Colley. “It’s been tight racing for the Hobie 16s this week and we just squeezed into the spot for the Youth Team, which is pretty awesome and we are really stoked about that. It’s been a long twelve months working hard, but it really paid off and we just got a text from Jason Waterhouse (Australian Sailing Team) congratulating us. He’s always been there to help out, which is great.” The Club’s healthy fleet of Laser 4.7s took on sailing the tight waters of Waterloo Bay very well and performed strongly. 9 Club boats participated with Nathan Bryant’s Speedy taking the best placing coming 7th overall. In the Open Optimist Division 4 Club boats participated with Daniel Links sailing Mighty Muppet came 20th. In the Intermediate Optimist Division, Finlay Crafter and Olivia Williams performed very strongly and placed 3rd and 4th. 46 The The Alfred’s Alfreds Yachtsman Yachtsman Fletcher Walters competing in the QLD Youth Week Photo Karen Taylor