Sailors step up

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Young sailors from Pare­mata Boat­ing Club were treated to some se­ri­ous yacht­ing com­bat on July 19.

The mid­win­ter chill was kept at bay as the sailors manned Welling­ton Youth Sail­ing Trust’s fleet of Elliott 6 yachts berthed in Chaf­fers Ma­rina, next to Te Papa.

‘‘The tem­per­a­ture pre­vented the kids from over- heat­ing as they worked harder than ever be­fore in these big pow­er­ful boats,’’ Pare­mata Boat­ing Club coach Matt Durkin said.

The Welling­ton Youth Sail­ing Trust was set up over a decade ago to grow lead­er­ship skills in the re­gion, us­ing sail­ing as the ve­hi­cle, he said.

Suc­cess is mea­sured not only in a num­ber of world cham­pi­ons and Olympians, but in the num­ber of busi­ness, science, engi­neer­ing, teach­ing and com­mu­nity lead­ers it has in its grad­u­ate roll.

On Welling­ton Har­bour, the boats were skip­pered by four of Pare­mata’s more ex­pe­ri­enced young sailors – Mar­cel DeWilde, Thomas Durkin, Rowan Shaw-Mut­ton and Ch­eye Parker, all of whom are mem­bers of the Welling­ton Youth Sail­ing Trust. They were men­tored by Michael Cook, long term- mem­ber of the trust’s un­der-21 squad and cur­rent Cen­trePort In­ter­na­tional match rac­ing cham­pion.

Trus­tee Roger Cook said it was great to see the en­thu­si­asm, smiles and, un­for­tu­nately, blis­tered hands of the Pare­mata sailors.

‘‘That’s a small price to pay for such a great af­ter­noon of fun with their mates,’’ Cook said.

The sailors will now use the skills they learned in the E6s in their Op­ti­mist and Star­ling cam­paigns this summer, cul­mi­nat­ing in the na­tional cham­pi­onships at Easter.

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