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NZ dominates Australian youth Laser Radial fleet

by Kristine Lederis, Yachting NZ on 11 Jan 2012
Laser Radial class leader Andrew McKenzie of New Zealand - OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championships 2012 Andrew Gough - copyright http://www.andrewgoughphotography.com

Six NZ Laser Radial sailors were within the top 10 at the Australian Youth Championships which finished this week in Queensland.

Andrew McKenzie (Kohimarama) was the top placed Kiwi but equal on points with Matthew Kempkers (Wakatere), they collectively took home Silver and Bronze in a fleet of forty boats. The string of five race wins gave Andrew the jump up on the tie break over his training partner.

In total, fifteen young New Zealanders attended this event in Brisbane in five classes; the Laser Radial, 29er, 420, Hobie 16 and the Techno 293 windsurfer.

This event was one used by the sailors to prepare for the upcoming YNZ Youth Selection Trials to attend the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in July 2012. The selection trials will include Sail Auckland (3-7 February 2012) and their respective class national championships.

For detailed results and more information on the Australian Youth Championships see the event website www.youthchamps.org.au

Follow New Zealand’s youth sailing community online www.facebook.com/YNZyouth
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