Second place finish for Hamish Swain
WHITSUNDAY Sailing Club youth members Hamish Swain and Ned Sleight travelled to Lake Macquarie to compete in the NSW Youth Championship, BIC Techno Plus sailboard division.
Saturday saw perfect sailing conditions for the sailboards with two races completed before a southerly storm halted further competition.
After a slow start, Hamish came back in the second race to finish the day on seven points in the lowest point score wins series.
Ned Sleight was on the pace immediately, finding his positions mid fleet in the first two races.
Sunday saw the conditions back to their best, allowing the fleet to complete four races, with Hamish taking three wins and a third to be tied for the lead on 13 points.
Ned capitalised on his consistency to sit mid fleet after seven races.
The lead slipped away on Monday as Grae Morris, NSW, dominated with two firsts and a third to finish with a final point score of 11, four point ahead of second place Hamish Swain, while Ned Sleight was happy to finish in seventh place overall in his first major regatta.
The regatta has proven to both Airlie Beach sailors that they are on the pace, and able to mix with the best. All of the hard training they have undertaken, both locally and as part of the Queensland Youth Sailing Squad is now paying off.
Hamish Swain impressed at the NSW Youth Championship.