Pare­mata on a roll in star­ling na­tion­als

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Pare­mata’s Cal­lum Pritchard will rep­re­sent Welling­ton at the National Star­ling Match Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land in Jan­uary.

The tri­als were held on Pau­ata­hanui In­let on Novem­ber 26 in light breezes that swung slowly from the south­east to north­west.

‘‘Set­ting the cour­ses was chal­leng­ing, for both the race com­mit­tee and the com­peti­tors,’’ said Roger Cook, the prin­ci­pal race of­fi­cer and Pare­mata coach. ‘‘For­tu­nately, it set­tled into per­fect con­di­tions for the knock­out semi­fi­nals and fi­nals’’.

The round- robin com­pe­ti­tion was hard fought with Pare­mata Boat­ing Club’s Pritchard, Am­ber­lee Faint-raf­ferty and Jonathon Fran­cis tied at the top of the ta­ble. Club­mate Han­nah Corke filled the last semi­fi­nal po­si­tion.

Faint-raf­ferty and Corke are mem­bers of the 2011 Welling­ton Sec­ondary Schools Match Rac­ing cham­pion Aotea Col­lege sail­ing team; Pritchard and Fran­cis are from the up and com­ing Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys’ School match rac­ing team.

‘‘The skills these four sailors have learnt over win­ter in the Port Nicholson Yacht­ing Trusts youth match rac­ing pro­gramme was telling,’’ Cook said.

The pre-start ma­noeu­vring and races in the semi­fi­nals were in­tense with Pritchard beat­ing Faint- Raf­ferty and Fran­cis de­feat­ing Corke.

Pritchard took an early 2-nil lead over Fran­cis in the first-tothree fi­nals, dom­i­nat­ing Fran­cis in the pre-starts and ex­pertly pro­tect­ing his lead in the race.

Fran­cis fought back hard in the third race gain­ing a penalty over Pritchard and sail­ing away to a com­fort­able win.

But Pritchard was not down and de­spite col­lect­ing a penalty in the pre-start, man­aged to con­trol the start to not lose any time, ex­on­er­at­ing him­self from the penalty and went on to win the 2011 tri­als.

Pritchard made it two-in-a-row for Pare­mata, with Josh Cook win­ning last year. He joins many of New Zealand’s great sailors ( such as Rus­sell Coutts, Dean Barker, Chris Dick­son, Glen Sowry and David Barnes) who have ex­celled at ju­nior match rac­ing.

Du­elling: Am­ber­lee Faint-raf­ferty and Cal­lum Pritchard tus­sle in the semi­fi­nal pre-start bat­tles.

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