Trainee turns trainer
HAMISH Swain is one of the Whitsundays’ most successful junior sailors, having competed in numerous state and national championships in his Optimist dinghy.
At just 13 years old, he is already taking on a new challenge, turning from a trainee to a trainer.
On Sunday Hamish took the opportunity of passing on his knowledge and experience by becoming coach to the junior members of the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Green Fleet.
Prior to the club’s off beach racing event, in which he was also a participant, he held a training session with the Green Fleet’s A division, aimed at honing their skills.
Hamish said it was such a rewarding experience he would be doing it again.
“I really enjoyed meeting the new people and it was just lots of fun,” he said.
In week eight of the club’s nine-week Winter Series that followed, Luke Mairs was first in the two races, with Hamish Swain second and Ned Sleight third.
Tess Munster was first in the junior division, with Aochi Dibbin in second place.
Next week the series will finalise with a presentation and barbecue on the lawns.
IN TRAINING: The Whitsunday Sailing Club's Green Fleet A preparing for their coaching session with Hamish Swain.