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International Cadet Australian Championship - Sandy Bay sailors on top

by Peter Campbell on 31 Dec 2011
The Sandy Bay Sailing Club team contesting the International Cadet Australian Championship 2011 on Lake Macquarie Rob Cruse
International Cadet Australian Championship is being sailed from the Belmont 16ft Skiff Sailing Club at Lake Macquarie, NSW from 27 December 2011 to 4 January 2012.

Young sailors from Sandy Bay Sailing Club are dominating the overall results with Charlie Connor and Ethan Galbraith, sailing Sirocco, heading the pointscore after six races.

Six SBSC boats are currently in the top eight in the fleet of 60 of these two-crew dinghies, revelling in the fresh sailing conditions on the coastal lake, just south of Newcastle.

Connor and Galbraith have had a exceptionally consistent series of 7-2-1-1-3-2 and discarding their race one result, have 10 points on the board, seven points clear of their nearest rivals, Alice Endersbee and Eliza Davies from Melbourne’s Sandringham Yacht Club, sailing Unfinished Business.

In third place on 19 points is Sandy Bay’s Impulse, sailed by Samantha Bailey and Hannah Chadwick, while other well placed member the club team are Meltemi (Oliver Burnell and Issie De Clerk) in fifth place, Shimmer (Sam Abel and William Cooper), sixth, Phoenix (Sam Tiedemann and Chloe Abel) seventh, and Executioner (Silas and Rupert Hamilton) in eighth place.

Sailing in the International Laser 4.7 class on Moreton Bay, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Dinghy Group members Jock Calvert and Sophie Chesterman are placed sixth and seventh overall after six races. Sophie Chesterman in second youth woman while Jock Cavert in the top placed junior sailor in the fleet.

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is conducting the Laser regatta and also the 69th annual Australian Sharpie champion, with defending champion, One Hump or Two, sailed by Drew Latham, Nick Johnston and Nick Carter from the RYCT in third place overall sixth, a sixth and a first in the opening International Cadet Class of Australia website

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