Aotea College pipped in yacht match racing
Aotea College sailors placed second to Scots College in the College Sport Wellington Match Racing Championships sailed at Oriental Bay recently.
After the first day was blown out, the weather on the second day was perfect, with winds of eight to 15 knots and lots of sun for the 10 secondary school teams from the Wellington region.
Aotea’s Josh Cook ( skipper), Michael Cook, Amberlee FaintRafferty and Hannah Corke topped their qualifying round and beat the highly regarded Hutt Valley High School-Paraparaumu College team in the semifinals.
They easily won the first race of the final, but the more experienced Scots team, with James McLean as skipper, came back with vengeance in races two and three and won both by a couple of boat lengths to take the title.
Aotea’s second team of Theo De Jong (skipper), Tom Rowland, James Moore and Jordan Lawson finished sixth.
Paremata Boating Club sailors finished fifth (the Hutt International Boys’ School crew of Daniel McDowell, Callum Pritchard and Jonathon Francis) and ninth (the Queen Margaret-St Mary’s crew of Kristen Stewart, Torrie Scott, Harriet Rowland and Beth Holzer), capping a very successful winter season for local young sailors.