Sailors shine in Italy

Mandurah Coastal Times - - SPORT -

LOTS of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has paid off for young Man­durah skip­per Georgia Payne and crew Daniel Brown after com­ing third at an in­ter­na­tional sail­ing event in Italy last month.

Georgia (14) was also the best per­form­ing fe­male sailor, skip­per­ing a Nacra 15 Class cata­ma­ran at the Nacra Sail­ing Cham­pi­onships on Lake Garda, Trentino.

The pair were up against 26 com­peti­tors aged 13-18 from Ger­many, the Nether­lands, United King­dom, Bel­gium, France, Switzer­land and Italy, bat­tling winds gust­ing up to 45km/h.

It was the first time that the best youth cata­ma­ran sailors in the world had raced the Nacra 15, with 11 races held over five days from July 24-28.

“Lake Garda is the most beau­ti­ful place I have ever sailed at,” Georgia said.

“It was our first re­gatta and we trained hard be­fore de­part­ing at the South of Perth Yacht Club (SOPYC) and Man­durah Off­shore Fish­ing and Sail­ing Club.

“We flew in early to do some train­ing with one of the Ger­man and Dutch teams.”

The pair’s train­ing regime was a com­bi­na­tion of gym work and sail­ing on the Swan River and near Man­durah.

“The phys­i­cal train­ers helped us pre­pare for long gru­elling races in heavy winds,” she said.

“We are con­tin­u­ing our prepa­ra­tion for the Aus­tralian Nacra 15 Cham­pi­onships and Aus­tralian Youth Nacra 15 Cham­pi­onships that are in Queens­land next Jan­uary.

“In Oc­to­ber we will be com­pet­ing in the Euro­pean Youth Olympic Qual­i­fiers at Medem­b­lik to bench­mark our skills against the best sailors in the world.”

Georgia Payne and Daniel Brown rac­ing their Nacra 15 cata­ma­ran in Italy.

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