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OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship 2013 and associated regattas
Yachting Australia hopes that sailors enjoyed the OAMPS Australian Youth Championship at RQYS in Brisbane in January. While it is early days, it was felt that it would be useful to provide some information about next year's event and the class nationals held around that time.
The Yachting Tasmania (YT) Events Committee has overall responsibility for conducting the OAMPS Australian Youth Championship and the associated class nationals. Here is a rundown on what is planned and a few tips on how to get the best from the various events.
OAMPS Australian Youth Championships 2013
This regatta will be hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sandy Bay, a beachside inner suburb of Hobart. RYCT is Tasmania's biggest yacht club and has considerable facilities and resources to ensure that this event is conducted in the manner to which participants in this prestige regatta have become accustomed.
Dates for this event will be 6 to 10 January, with 5 January available as an early registration day.
Laser, Radial and 4.7 Class Nationals
RYCT is also the host this event. The Club has recruited the best in race management personnel and is looking forward to a first class regatta. Dates are 27 December to 4 January.
International 420 Class Nationals
RYCT's next door neighbour, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, is host to the 420 class's nationals. Separated by a hardstand, the two clubs will be working closely together to ensure success for the 420 event.
The 420 regatta will be held from 27 December to 3 January.
29er Class Nationals
At time of writing a bid to host the 29er class nationals from Bellerive Yacht Club, Hobart's second biggest yacht club, is with the 29er class association for consideration, and has been for some time. It is YT's hope that all the youth classes can join the festival planned for Christmas/New Year 2012-13.
While there is no national championship planned for Hobart this year, consideration is being given to a short invitational event for the class prior to the OAMPS AYC. Any feedback from competitors about this idea will be welcome.
Transport and Accommodation
There are several ways to get a boat to Hobart. For those travelling furthest, a group investing in a container is a good idea. There is ample space to park a container for the duration of the regattas.
Lasers are easily car-topped on the Bass Strait ferries Spirit of Tasmania I and II. Trailers also work but doubling- or tripling-up can save quite a bit of cost for some classes with long masts!
Toll Shipping run a roll-on/roll-off transport ship from Melbourne to Burnie on Tasmania's north coast. It is often cost effective to send a trailer load of boats via Toll and then book a passage on the Spirits for the family.
Chartering is also an option in some classes.
While it is a busy time in Hobart for yacht racing, there is plenty of accommodation. The best venues usually fill quickly so it is a good idea to be organised. Google 'accommodation in Hobart' and look for suburbs close to Sandy Bay including Hobart City, South Hobart, West Hobart, Dynnyrne, Mt Nelson and of course Sandy Bay itself. The University of Tasmania has excellent accommodation very close to the OAMPS AYC venue.
We hope this note has been useful. If you have any questions please direct them to YT's Events Manager Murray Jones Murray.Jones@ato.gov.au.