Aotea Col­lege pipped in yacht match rac­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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.

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