Gold - RYA Youth National Championships UK
Apr 2013: Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson do it again at GBR's Youth National Championships held in Largs, Scotland in chilly conditions.

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"The 29er class saw a masterpiece in sailing in the shifty conditions from the events international competitors as New Zealands Marcus Somerville and Jack Simpson finished with an impressive score line. Mimi El-Khazindar and 2012 RYA Youth National champion Ben Batten finished second overalland top GBR boat ahead of Owen Bowerman and Morgan Peach in third.

Im really happy that we came away with a win. We were second coming into today so we have pulled it off so Im pretty happy, said New Zealands Markus Somerville.

The event has been run really well and they have made it feel like a major event which is great at a Youth event. We came away with the win which makes it feel even better. In New Zealand we had two boats trialling for the ISAF Youth Worlds spot last year and we had about 10 this year sothere is a lot more competition here especially when there is around 50 boats. The UK competitors are really good and some are the best in the world so its good to see how we go against them.

ISAF Youth Worlds 2013 - NZ Selections
Feb 2013: YNZ has selected Markus Somerville & Jack Simpson to represent NZ in the 29er at the ISAF Youth Worlds being held in Limassol, Cyprus in July 2013. Also selected to represent NZ in the SL16 are Isaac McHardie & Micah Wilkinson. Congratulations and good luck to the team asthey prepare for the event.

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Sail Auckland 2013
Feb 2013: Congratulations to Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson for their definitive win at Sail Auckland 2013

Photos from day 1, Sail Auckland 2013
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Day 1 highlights video featuring 29ers, 49ers & Cats, Sail Auckland 2013
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29er NZ Nationals 2013 Full Report & Photos
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Somerville & Simpson 3-in-a-row to win 2013 NZ 29er Nationals
Jan 2013: The NZ 29er Nationals 2013 have concluded with a comprehensive victory by Wakatere lads Markus Somerville (helm) and Jack Simpson (crew).

Over the past month the pair have notched up wins at Sail Sydney and the Australian 29er Nationals. They didn't have it all their own way though with Cole and Trent Rippey from Tauranga taking out the final race to secure their 3rd placing (2nd Kiwis). George Stent and Ben Robinson fromAustralia took second place. The entire 3-day regatta was sailed in strong winds off Murrays Bay which tested the limits of the boats and sailors. More news and photos on our FB page.

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