Top Ir­ish coaches bring skills to Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

IR­ISH sailors Katie Tin­gle and David White dropped into the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club last week­end thanks to some be­hind the scenes wran­gling by Op­ti­mist dingy par­ents Ali Swain and Scott Gum­mow.

White, who has coached the Vic­to­rian Op­ti­mist team for the last three years, pro­vided a week­end of coach­ing to lo­cal Op­ti­mist sailors Hamish Swain and Ai­dan Gum­mow, both of whom will travel to Mooloolaba to com­pete in the Queens­land State Ti­tles next week­end.

Mean­while Tin­gle, who has won the Ir­ish Op­ti­mist Cham­pi­onships and been first girl on four oc­ca­sions, coached the Off Beach Green Fleet A group, much to their ben­e­fit and de­light.

Tin­gle, who is also a top sailor in the 420 dingy class, gave tips at the start line and dur­ing the four races where the com­pe­ti­tion was keen.

In th­ese races Tessa Mun­ster and Aochi Dib­bin each won two heats.

In the se­nior di­vi­sion Luke Mairs won round 7 of the Win­ter Se­ries with Den­nis Win­stan­ley sec­ond on his one de­sign wind­surfer and Cam Brown and Ned Sleight third in a Tasar. Next week­end the off beach group will travel to Lake Ti­na­roo on the Ather­ton Tablelands to com­pete in the an­nual Ti­na­roo Sail­ing Club Re­gatta.

As a re­sult there will be no or­gan­ised off beach sail­ing or rac­ing on Pi­o­neer Bay.

FIRST LADY: Katie Tin­gle with Aochi Dib­bin, Tessa Mun­ster and Bon­nie Syme.

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