Int. Cadet State, National and World Championships
by Damian Purcell
Several crews from RYCV have competed with success at the recent State Championships at Sandringham last weekend, and at the National Championships in January.
Royals crews made a very strong showing at the State Championships at SYC. The winner and newly crowned State Champion was Dominic Randall sailing in Brothers in Arms with Elliot Hughes from RGYC. Second was former 2012 World Champion crew Sophie Alexander in Checkmate with her crew Tim McCoy. In third position overall was the best performed RYCV boat, Spitfire, skippered by Peter Allen and crewed by Oliver Grieve who won two of the seven races. Fourth place was Whip it real good, Tilly David and Will Shepard from SYC. The first four boats were each selected for the Australian team after the Nationals, but Dominic ineligible as he ages out of Cadets this year.
The strength of the RYCV Cadets at the State Championships was evident with Bullant (Ned Peace and Carla Maertens) coming sixth overall in the fleet of 37 boats, and Supersonic (Mats Maertens and Megan Dymalovski) 21st and also best performed under 12 skipper. There was a tenacious effort from Jonathan L (Wynn Schofield and Rosie King) and Gotcha (Tim Ronchi and James Alpress) saw then coming in 30th and 33rd position. The impact of coaching this season from Liam Robinson was very evident with RYCV boats performing strongly against well prepared crews from RGYC, SYC and Metung.
You can view the full results on the SYC website.
At the Cadet Nationals held at Largs Bay SA, Peter Allen and Oliver Grieve sailing Spitfire won one of the races and came finished in 12th position overall in a fleet of 82 that included 10 crews that had just returned from the World Championships in Argentina. With several of the skippers ageing out, Peter and Ollie have been selected as the reserve boat in the eight member Australian team to compete at the next World Championships at Bruinisse in The Netherlands on Lake Grevelingen. Pete and Ollie will be training intensively before heading to Bruinisse which is said to be a friendly old fishing village on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland in the Dutch province of Zeeland. They will race in the promotional fleet unless something prevents another team member from competing.
Other notable performances at the Nationals included 15th overall for Louis Schofield and young sister Ava. Louis threw the first two races on day 1 while he completed the 29er regatta down the coast and his best result was a 3rd behind his former 2012 Worlds crew, Peter Allen, who won that race. Bullant (Ned Peace and Carla Maerens) were 43rd, Jonathan L (Wynn Schofield and Rosie King) were 66th, R&R (Emily Allen and Jasper Grieve) were 69th, and Mats Maertens sailing with sister Emma was the highest placed under 12 skipper overall finishing in 71st position.
You can view the full results from the Largs Bay National Championships on their Club website.
The selection of Peter Allen and Oliver Grieve in the Australian team for the World Championships shows the strength of the current RYCV Cadet fleet and the great legacy of recently graduating Cadets, like Louis Schofield who have lifted the standards onto a level footing with crews sailing at the international level.
Above (left): Oliver Grieve and Peter Allen after selection into the Tillett team to represent VIC at the National Championships in Jan 2017.
Above (right): Peter Allen and Ollie at a recent RYCV Cadet sprint regatta.