Club coach op­ti­mistic about race

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Eight young Porirua Op­ti­mist yacht sailors de­scended on Ori­en­tal Bay to rep­re­sent Pare­mata Boat­ing Club at the in­au­gu­ral Welling­ton Op­ti­mist Team Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship re­cently.

The Fe­bru­ary 5 competition drew the cream of young sail­ing tal­ent from Welling­ton and the lower North Is­land to Royal Port Ni­chol­son Yacht Club to de­ter­mine who would be the top club team rac­ers in this part of the coun­try.

Forty-eight sailors in 12 teams sailed a round-robin for­mat with close and in­tense sail­ing, said Pare­mata coach Roger Cook.

Pare­mata’s two teams – (Pink) Jaymin Southee, Ray­mond Tres­sider, Will Martel, Finn Matthews; (Black) Lau­ren McNeil, Sean Irv­ing, Mar­cel DeWilde, Lachlan McDon­ald – are rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced.

Cook said it was their first ex­po­sure to teams rac­ing and the large waves of Welling­ton har­bour.

‘‘ But their huge smiles and nev­erend­ing chat­ter showed that they were up to the chal­lenge, learned lots and, most im­por­tantly, had heaps of fun,’’ he said.

In the fi­nals, the ex­pe­ri­enced Napier White proved too strong for Mu­ri­tai Pur­ple (East­bourne) and took out the cham­pion’s ti­tle with a re­sound­ing vic­tory in the sail-off for first place.

Pare­mata’s Pink and Black teams were 10th and 11th re­spec­tively.

Cook be­lieves with an­other year’s ex­pe­ri­ence un­der their belt, they will be a force to be reck­oned with in 2012.

In the mean­time, they will do battle again in the Welling­ton Op­ti­mist Cham­pi­onship at Onepoto on Fe­bru­ary 26 and 27, and the Pri­mary Schools Cham­pi­onship at Plim­mer­ton on March 3.

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