Tait leads the way among young sailors


Aotea Col­lege sailors have been up with the best around in re­cent weeks.

Ryan Tait came se­cond and Jack Matthews sev­enth in the star­ling class at the Yacht­ing New Zealand Welling­ton schools sail- ing re­gatta at Pare­mata on Fe­bru­ary 10.

Ge­orge Pow­ell and Ben White fin­ished se­cond in the two-man topaz com­pe­ti­tion.

Three days later, Ryan won the star­ling class at the Worser Bay re­gatta and Welling­ton youth cham­pi­onships.

In the North Is­land champs in mid-Jan­uary, the 14-year-old fin­ished 27th in a 54-boat fleet, and at the end of Jan­uary at the Auck­land ju­nior cham­pi­onships he was 20th of 49 en­trants, de­spite miss­ing one race be­cause of a hole in his boat from a pre-start in­ci­dent.

Ryan started sail­ing a star­ling only this rac­ing sea­son, so his im­prove­ment has been dra­matic.

Ryan Tait has been prov­ing him­self in the star­ling class lately.

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