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Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

The 2014 Victorian Youth Championships were sailed at McCrae YC over the weekend of April 12th/13th. The Laser Radial Division was won by Sailing Shack’s Ben Hartnett from a fast finishing Will Fox. Over 100 yachts competed with the Lasers the most dominate class with over 53 boats followed by the Optimist with 37 boats. In the Optis Hugo Llwelyn the current Victorian Champion won from Harrison Sly and Nick Joel. The 420′s were dominated by Nick Sharman and James Grogan while the 29ers were won by Nicola Armstrong. James Hackett won the Minnows. Full results are at

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

The William Angliss Victorian Schools Team Championship was sailed off St.Kilda over Friday and Saturday 28/29 March 2014. There were 28 schools with many schools fielding multiple teams. The overall winners after five years of close results was St.Leonards who won a close and hard fought final race battle with relative new comers Scotch College. Peninsula Grammar was third with Brighton Grammar fourth. The APS Trophy and the John Middleton Saturday series award was also won by Scotch College who had a successful weekend with their second team finishing second overall to Belmont College. The St. Leonards team was well led by 29er sailor Gemma Burns and coached by Ben Gunther and James Sly. Scotch was led by Ben Hartnett and Mac Hey both Laser Radial sailors and coached by 470 sailor Will Llewelyn.
The leading teams will now prepare for the Australian Championships to be sailed in Sydney in July 2014.

Winning Team St Leonards with their coaches

Scotch College second overall

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

New Ben Hartnett video from the very windy Victorian Laser Championships.

1st Standards Tom Vincent, 1st 4.7′s Brody Riley, 1st Radials Ben Gunther. Super windy and some great performances by Finn Alexander from NSW and Anna Phillip in the Radials in such windy conditions. All details see Mordialloc Sailing Club site.

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by sailingshack No Comments

Optimist sailor Hugo Llwellyn was on track for a great Australian Optimist Nationals campaign for 2014 when illness stuck preventing him from sailing and meaning a long recovery. Hugo was down but not out and came back to win the Victorian Optimist Championship at his home club of Sorrento over the March long weekend. Hugo finished 2nd overall just one point behind overall winner from NSW Jack Littlechild from WSC in Sydney. Hugo sailed a very consistent series reading the shifts well and keeping out of trouble with the jury and the many messy start line incidents caused by the strong tide. Hugo is a past Australian & Victorian Minnow Champion & Australian Optimist Team Member and is now working on a 420 campaign where no doubt we will see him successful once again. 3rd overall in the Vic States was Ben Hinks from SA.
The Victorian Optimists had over 150 boats attend showing how dominant this class is in junior sailing with fleets from Green Fleet, to Intermediate to Open.

Hugo Llwelyn VIODA Champion 2014

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