Cam­bridge High achieve sail­ing re­sult

Cambridge Edition - - CAMBRIDGE RACING - MIKE BAIN

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.

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