Strong lo­cal pres­ence at sail­ing champs

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Lo­cal young yachties were to the fore at the re­cent Welling­ton Sec­ondary Schools Match Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships.

In tough con­di­tions last month, Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys’ School’s Pritchard crew won the event, with Aotea Col­lege coming sec­ond.

The forecast was for a 15-knot northerly to build through­out the day and for con­di­tions to worsen the fol­low­ing day, so the pres­sure was on to get through as much of the for­mat as pos­si­ble, said prin­ci­pal race of­fi­cer Roger Cook.

The first match be­tween HIBS Pritchard – Cal­lum Pritchard, Ja­cob Jones, Will Martel and Dan McDowall – and the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Aotea Col­lege – Josh Cook, Han­nah Corke, Alex Mitchell-Barker and Tom Durkin – promised much but fiz­zled when Aotea Col­lege hooked the com­mit­tee boat an­chor warp dur­ing the pre-start, mean­ing game over. Jones was the only sailor in the race who was not a mem­ber of Pare­mata Boat­ing Club.

HIBS Pritchard com­pleted the round robin with max­i­mum points, and one of the Welling­ton Col­lege teams was elim­i­nated.

The semi­fi­nals be­gan in about 20 knots with HIBS Pritchard beat­ing Welling­ton Col­lege Thyne 2-0 and Aotea Col­lege sim­i­larly dis­patch­ing HIBS Gautrey (fea­tur­ing Pare­mata’s Jono Fran­cis and Mar­cel DeWilde). With the fi­nals be­tween HIBS and Aotea Col­lege about to start the wind sud­denly built to gusts over 30 knots forc­ing Roger Cook to again aban­don the re­gatta.

The wind fi­nally abated a few days later, but too much so – there was not enough to race. The time limit for rac­ing then passed and the tro­phy was awarded to HIBS, the top scorer in the round robin.

Fi­nal re­sults: HIBS ( Pritchard) 1, Aotea Col­lege (Cook) 2, HIBS (Gautrey) 3, Welling­ton Col­lege (Thyne) 4, Welling­ton Col­lege (McLach­lan) 5.

Top of class: 2012 Col­lege Sport Welling­ton Match Rac­ing cham­pi­ons from HIBS – Ja­cob Jones (main­sheet), Dan McDowall (fore­deck), Cal­lum Pritchard (helms­man), Will Martel (floater) – all but one of whom sail for Pare­mata Boat­ing Club.

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