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Top of the class: The 2018 Australian Youth Championship wrapped up in style at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with tight racing on the final day deciding national titles, podium finishes and Australian Youth Team selection.

The stars of tomorrow showed their skills in blustery conditions off Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, completing four days of intense competition.

The Laser Radial class was hotly contested with Tom Needham sneaking home by two points from Sam King in the boys' division and Paige Caldecoat winning by four points over Maddie O'Shea in the girls' division.

Michael Compton won the Laser 4.7s after scoring six bullets from 10 races.

"I really enjoyed racing at the Youth Champs and I'm proud to have won both the nationals. " Sylvie Stannage was the first female in the 4.7s to top off a huge summer sailing schedule.

"It was my third time at Royal Queensland including nationals," Sylvie said.

"I ready liked the conditions, really fun really competitive fleet, such an amazing regatta, best one so far to top off the season. "

Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone made it back-to-back national titles in the 420s. After winning at the Youth Worlds in China last year, the boys said they were keen to keep learning and improving.

"I was so focused last year on doing well at the Youth Worlds I didn't really think about anything happening this year at all," Rome said. "I barely even knew we were going to do this event."

Otto said: "I'm kind of just relieved to get the spot again. Usually these smaller events with not many boats can be a bit tricky."

Melbourne twins Matilda and Lily Richardson took home the girls' 420 title and said their hard work at training was the key.

"We just had to manage mainly the other girls' boats to try and stay in front, which we managed to do," Matilda said.

'We've done a lot of training with a really good coach, Adrian Finglas. He's helped us a lot. He's great."

Tassie girls, Alice Buchanan and Dervla Duggan won the 29er girls' class.

Dervla said: "It's our first regatta together. We're really happy to come out on top. It's been really tough, the conditions, obviously, have been really challenging. But overall it's been an awesome regatta and a great learning experience as well."

Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine backed up their Nacra Class Nationals win with first place at the Youth Championships.

Caption: SKILL SET Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone made it back-to-back titles in Queensland.

Caption: SISTER ACT Melbourne twins Matilda and Lily Richardson put their training into practice, taking out the girls' 420 national title.

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Title Annotation:RACE & REGATTA ROUND-UP
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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