Sprint sailors have ti­tles in their sights

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TI­TLES were the goal dur­ing round three of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s off the beach sprint se­ries last Sun­day.

Com­pet­ing sailors in the off beach se­nior and Green Fleet A Ju­nior cat­e­gories were treated to mag­nif­i­cent con­di­tions and 15 knot winds for week three of the five­week event.

Off beach spokesper­son Jenny Mairs said it was pleas­ing to see the growth in off beach sail­ing among both the se­niors and ju­niors and an in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in off beach rac­ing at the club.

She said Sun­day’s num­bers were slightly down due to the sched­uled Schools Teams Rac­ing event in Bowen but en­cour­ag­ing nonethe­less.

Coach Sean O’Rea­gan started the ses­sion with a brief­ing on the rules of sail­ing and how to ap­ply them.

Mrs Mairs said it was the aim of nearly all off beach sailors to com­pete at state and na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“And to be able to do so with con­fi­dence sailors must have a good knowl­edge of the rules,” she said.

“Boats on a col­li­sion course round­ing the mark need to know the rules of sail­ing and [be able] to ap­ply them in a split sec­ond.”

Mrs Mairs said the on-wa­ter coach­ing and in­di­vid­ual af­ter-race brief­ings pro­vided by Mr O’Rea­gan were a great aid to this.

“And the club’s sailors are very pleased to have a coach with the knowl­edge and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to im­prove the stan­dard of the fleet,” she said.

Close com­pe­ti­tion reigned through­out Sun­day’s three­r­ace event with plenty of skills sharp­ened in the round­ing of the buoys.

Round four of the se­ries will be held this com­ing Sun­day, start­ing at noon.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the club’s off beach events con­tact Jenny Mairs on 0419 378 517.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Boats on a col­li­sion course round­ing the mark need to know the rules of sail­ing.

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