Tide turns for ju­niors

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

JU­NIOR sailors Ai­den Gum­mow and Hamish Swain learned a valu­able les­son about tides over the long week­end.

The 14 and 13-year-olds trav­elled south to com­pete in the 2015 Op­ti­mist State Cham­pi­onships at Mooloolaba.

Ai­den’s fa­ther Scott Gum­mow said the wind piped up, “which un­for­tu­nately meant they had to race in the Mar- oochy River rather than out­side”.

Rac­ing was spread over two days with a to­tal of eight races, or four per day.

Mr Gum­mow said at the end of day one Ai­den was lead­ing the re­gatta and Hamish was third.

But then the tide turned – lit­er­ally.

“They re­ally got done by the tide,” Mr Gum­mow ex­plained.

“The flow was quite strong be­ing in a river and some of the lo­cals knew which side of the course to sail.”

In the end Ai­den placed fourth while Hamish was fifth out of the 19-strong fleet.

Mr Gum­mow said all of the top six sailors were “very good” with only five points sep­a­rat­ing the place-get­ters from sec­ond to fifth.

TIME AND TIDE: Ai­dan Gum­mow and Hamish Swain.

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