Ju­niors make jour­ney from fields to ocean

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FROM a cat­tle sta­tion to the wa­ters of Pi­o­neer Bay, the Pegg fam­ily travel 45 min­utes to be part of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Orig­i­nally from cen­tral Queens­land, the fam­ily has moved to the sta­tion near Proser­pine and ju­niors Jessie, Lisa and Luke Pegg are keen to im­prove their sail­ing skills so they can race with the club.

The Peggs were among a new group who took to the wa­ter with en­thu­si­asm last Sun­day af­ter a train­ing ex­er­cise the pre­vi­ous week.

Off Beach Rear Com­modore Luke Mairs said ev­ery­one was able to ap­ply what they had learned and sail with con­fi­dence around two buoys.

The ses­sion con­cluded with a cap­size prac­tice in deep wa­ter.

Once the learn-to-sail boats were packed away, the ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers took to the wa­ter in light north-easterly winds for week three of the Off Beach Win­ter Se­ries.

In the ju­nior di­vi­sion, Hamish Swain and Ai­den Gum­mow showed off the skills they had gained through ad­vanced coach­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion in Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships.

Both boys had good starts, with Hamish fin­ish­ing only sec­onds ahead of Ai­den in the two races. Tessa Mun­ster fin­ished in third place, with Bon­nie Syme and Hay­ley Dib­bin do­ing well in their first year of rac­ing.

In the se­nior di­vi­sion, Dan Townsend sailed his Ar­row catamaran first across the line, fol­lowed by Jo­hanna and Den­nis Win­stan­ley in their Tasar.

There was close com­pe­ti­tion in the Laser di­vi­sion, with Luke Mairs win­ning the first race and Gary Brown the sec­ond.

The rac­ing group wel­comed back two young sailors in the laser 4.7 class. Jas­min Tickle started her sail­ing in an Op­ti­mist be­fore pro­gress­ing to a crew po­si­tion in a 420 dinghy with Eva Lorenz.

The pair have sailed to­gether suc­cess­fully in Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, but with Eva now at uni­ver­sity in Townsville, Jas­min has de­cided to con­tinue her sail­ing in a sin­gle-handed class.

Ruby Os­borne was for­merly a Sabot sailor and is also re­turn­ing to sail­ing at the club.

AT THE HELM: Jessie Pegg en­joy­ing the sail train­ing at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club last Sun­day.

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