The per­fect race

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

An Aotea Col­lege sail­ing team has won the 2011 Col­lege Sport Welling­ton Match Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Crew of four – Josh Cook ( helm), Michael Cook ( main­sheet), Han­nah Corke (mid-bow) and Am­ber­lee Faint-Raf­ferty (bow) – took on six other col­lege teams, in­clud­ing a sec­ond from Aotea, in six-me­tre keel­boats in Welling­ton Har­bour on Satur­day, Septem­ber 10.

Fourth af­ter the round robin, Aotea won their semi­fi­nal, lead­ing to a fi­nal against Ron­go­tai Col­lege. Af­ter los­ing their first two races in the best of five fi­nals, the crew dug deep in the fresh­en­ing breeze to win the third by a whisker and force a penalty on Ron­go­tai in the fourth, says Aotea coach and proud par­ent Roger Cook.

They then sailed a per­fect race in the fifth to take the prize.

A sec­ond Aotea crew fin­ished sev­enth.

Cook says the teams honed their match rac­ing skills over win­ter, and the per­fect con­di­tions saw some ex­cit­ing rac­ing, of­ten close to the wharves and rocks as each skip­per tried hard to con­trol their ri­val and force penal­ties.

He says it was a great spec­ta­cle for lo­cals and vis­i­tors in town for the Rugby World Cup.

The other col­leges tak­ing part were Ron­go­tai (2nd), Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys School – Gautrey (3rd), Welling­ton Col­lege and a com­bined crew from Onslow/St Mary’s/Welling­ton Girls’.

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