Sec­ond place fin­ish for Hamish Swain

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -

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.

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