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Cadet Nationals: Tasmanians star

Tasmanian crew Sam Abel and WIlliam Cooper sailing on the Derwent. (Credit Peter Campbell)

Tasmanian crew Sam Abel and WIlliam Cooper sailing on the Derwent. (Credit Peter Campbell)

Three young crews from Hobart’s Sandy Bay Sailing Club each won one of the final three races of the International Cadet Australian championships which ended yesterday, filling three of the top four places overall.

However, they could not match the consistent sailing over 12 races by Royal Geelong Yacht Club crew, Thomas Sophie Alexander, who won the 52nd annual championship.

Sandy Bay sailors Sam Abel and William Cooper, sailing Phoenix, won yesterday’s final race in a great duel with the Alexanders, sailing Checkmate, to clinch second place overall.

The Tasmanian’s winning margin was just 14 seconds in the fresh south-westerly breeze off the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown. Three seconds further astern came another SBSC crew, Toby Burnell and Charlie Goodfellow, sailing Meltemi. They finished 11th overall.

Tasmanian crews placed second, third and fourth, sixth, 11th and 12th overall in the championship, contested by 63 boats.

Third overall went to Little Devil (Angus Price and Archie Ibbott), also from SBSC, who won race 10, also by seconds from the Alexanders, fourth overall to Executioner (Silas Hamilton and Ethan Galbrath) who took out race 11.

The SBSC crew of Jasmin Galbrath and Matilda O’Donoghue, sailing Sea Ya, sailed exceptionally well to finish sixth overall and second all-girl crew in the big fleet.

They finished one point behind the top all-girl crew of Emily Goodfellow and Emma Kelly, sailing It’s Pink, from Royal Geelong Yacht Club who placed fifth.

For full results, go here.

By Peter Campbell