Cambridge High achieve sailing result
When it comes to sailing, Cambridge’s Callum Ewing is proving he has what it takes to compete against the world’s best.
The teenager had a chance to race against two world leaders in the Starling Class National Match Racing Championships, at Worser Bay, Wellington.
With limited experience in match racing, he finished the competition in a creditable eighth place. Elevated into silver class, Ewing turned his attention to fleet racing.
Worser Bay presented challenging weather conditions for all 102 sailors at the championships.
Wind conditions of 35-45 knots forced the cancellation of one day’s racing.
Towards the end of the final races, the wind was back towards the upper limits, forcing many competitors to call it a day.
Ewing, however, relished the severe conditions and sailed on to finish third in the final race.
He achieved an overall fifth placing in the silver fleet for the championships.
Returning from his triumph in Wellington, he quickly moved on to co-lead the Cambridge High School sailing team at Algies Bay, Warkworth.
Ewing joined co-captain Jessica Miller along with sailors Hamish Elliott, Hinewai Knowles, Te Haerenga MulveyGriggs, Sarah Eastwood and Ben Couper, to contest the 420 Sailing Championships.
Back on the water, notable was Ewing’s skills and knowledge as the team achieved the best result at a national regatta.
‘‘This year we really worked as a team,’’ Ewing said.
‘‘It was because of the effort we all contributed, it was possible for us to beat teams with star sailors in them.’’
Conditions for this regatta were less than ideal as light winds plagued the six days of competition.
It eventually cost the Cam- bridge team any chance of improving on their final overall placing.
Cambridge won seven of nine races in the bronze fleet.
The opportunity existed to compete in a repechage to elevate them to silver.
To move up a class they had to beat the bottom three teams in the silver class.
Mission accomplished, the winning continued, winning seven races in the second round robin.
A combination of compounded points and the lack of wind on the final day left the team mid-silver for the overall final results.
Callum Ewing teams up with Hinewai Knowles for Cambridge High School in boat 3 at Algies Bay.