Ju­nior skip­pers im­press el­ders

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

ON SATUR­DAY, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing club held its an­nual Em­broi­dery Plus Ju­nior Skip­pers Race and what a great af­ter­noon of rac­ing it proved to be.

This se­ries has the club’s off beach ju­nior rac­ers take the helms of the off­shore rac­ing boats, with the young skip­pers never fail­ing to im­press the older sailors with their helm­ing skills.

The se­ries con­sisted of two races run over a tri­an­gu­lar course, with the sec­ond race go­ing into the start se­quence min­utes af­ter the last boat crossed the fin­ish line from race one.

The ju­niors had to work hard dur­ing the af­ter­noon and in race one, Hamish Swain ( Twis­ter) and Josh Towle ( Huahine) had a close race, with Huahine man­ag­ing to break away on the sec­ond leg fin­ish­ing 50 sec­onds ahead.

Sib­lings Jess and Luke Pegg shared the helm­ing on Cross

bow and en­joyed tight tac­ti­cal rac­ing against Ned Sleight and Cameron Brown on Anthea, with Jack Opie on La Quilta fin­ish­ing last. In race two, Hamish nailed the start, and placed Twis­ter in a com­mand­ing lead over the fleet. Josh pushed hard on

Huahine, but only man­aged to sneak past his ri­val on the fi­nal down­wind leg, with a sec­ond be­tween the two in what was an in­cred­i­bly close race.

Jess and Luke on Cross­bow also had a nail-bit­ing time, com­pet­ing against Ned and Cameron on Anthea, with a mere 10 sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing the two at the fin­ish in Cross

bow’s favour. Se­abeea Mil­liken and Bon­nie Syme helmed La Quilta in the race, and did a fan­tas­tic job skip­per­ing the heavy Moody.

Rear Com­modore Off­shore, Kevin Fog­a­rty, thanked not just the ju­nior skip­pers, but also the boat own­ers for hand­ing their boats over to the young­sters.

“It is great to see our off­shore fleet keen to help our ju­nior off beach kids and hand over the helms to them,” he said.

“It is a tes­ta­ment to the off beach train­ing that th­ese young ones ac­tu­ally sail our boats as good as, if not bet­ter than we do.”

Pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the club, where Em­broi­dery Plus awarded caps to all com­peti­tors and vouch­ers for Mar­lin Marine to the win­ners.

“It is great to see our off­shore fleet keen to help our ju­nior off beach kids...”

SKIP­PERS AND FRIENDS: Boat own­ers David Lund, Heather Sut­ton, Kevin Fog­a­rty, Nick Smail and Dewi Hughes (back) with Stu­art Har­ris (Com­modore) and ju­nior sailors Jess Pegg, Luke Pegg, Se­abeea Mil­liken, Bon­nie Syme, Jack Opie, Hamish Swain, Josh Towle, Ned Sleight and Cameron Brown (front).

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