Local Wins At Aon Youth Event

The Aon Youth Sailing World championships have been in the news recently as it was concluded this week in Auckland in New Zealand.

RS:X category was one of the races in this tournament. Patrick Haybittle was able to make the most of his experience and being part of a fleet of world class standards. He was sailing in home waters and having made the top ten in three races was definitely a crowning achievement for him, on the final day of the races. Patrick is a teenager who participated in the sailing events and represented Murrays Bay Sailing Club. The second race was a brilliant one that he ran in the afternoon when he sailed off the waters in Torbay. The scores ran at 8, 3, 8 and he was in seventh position before the final day. The wind went flat the next days, but Patrick states that this suited him better. He feels that the races went his way after that.

He states that he was happy to gain position in the top ten and he came back in the second race with a strong position. He is part of a fleet of 27 yachts whose winner was to be decided on the final day. Haybittle was feeling relaxed after the second day of the race, Haybittle recounts his experience to be a great one as he was surrounded by a competitive fleet and right in his home waters. There were more smiles among native racers in the tournament as Courtney and Brianna were twin sisters who participated in 420s category and were able to gain fifth and sixth position overall. The sisters stated that they were able to look out for the cliff regions as well as wait for the light breeze to come along.