Stu­dents sail to vic­tory in multi-school event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

STU­DENTS from four Whit­sun­day schools proved them­selves ca­pa­ble sailors at a re­gatta in Townsville last weekend.

Brendan Hoff­man and Josh Towle from the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege, Jas­mine Tickle from St Cather­ine's Catholic Col­lege, Eva Lorenz from Proser­pine State High School and Lachie McCon­nell and Ai­den Gum­mow from the Bowen State High School, formed the Whit­sun­day Schools Teams Rac­ing Squad, which com­peted in round two of a three-re­gatta se­ries hosted by the Townsville Sail­ing Club.

The Whit­sun­day stu­dents were among 13 teams from as far afield as Ather­ton, Tully, Cairns and Townsville.

Teams were di­vided into gold and sil­ver divi- sions with train­ing on Satur­day and rac­ing all day on Sun­day.

The Whit­sun­day team com­peted in the sil­ver di­vi­sion and fin­ished the day un­de­feated af­ter seven races.

An un­of­fi­cial race was also run be­tween the win­ner of the gold di­vi­sion (Pim­lico A) and the Whit­sun­day team, who suf­fered their first loss but only af­ter some of the best rac­ing of the day.

Whit­sun­day coach Colin Melvin from St Cather­ine's Catholic Col­lege said he was ex­tremely proud of the team’s per­for­mance.

The stu­dents said their goal for next year was to com­pete in the com­plete se­ries, the win­ner of which rep­re­sents North Queens­land in the Na­tional Teams Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship.

TOP TEAM: The Whit­sun­day Schools Teams Rac­ing Squad com­pet­ing in round two of a three re­gatta se­ries hosted by the Townsville Sail­ing Club.

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