Sailors step up
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.