Hobart schools Out-sail Kiwis
Sailing students from Hobart’s Friends, Hutchins and Fahan schools have headed a brilliant victory over New Zealand sailors in the annual Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Championship.
Excelling on their home waters, Hobart’s River Derwent, the Hobart schools, plus Scots College and Ascham from Sydney, scored 51 wins for a total score of 44 points over five days of racing, sailing Pacer dinghies.
The New Zealand schools. Marlborough Sailing Team, Nelson College and Nelson Girls College scored only nine wins and 8.5 points in the series conducted by Sandy Bay Sailing Club with Nick Hutton as race officer.
The Interdominion championship, which also included open and female division titles for individual schools, was decided over four round-robins, the regatta curtailed somewhat due to unfavourable winds.
Friends finished top individual school team with 12 wins, with Hutchins scoring 11 wins, Scots College and Fahan 10 each and Ascham eight wins.
In the individual open contest, Friends also finished at the top of the leader board with 15 wins, Hutchins 11, Scots and Nelson College seven each. In the female division, Ascham had seven wins, Fahan four and the NZ team from Nelson Girls College one win.
This weekend, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania is running the 2019 Australian Schools Match Racing Championship, with entries from Friends, Fahan, Hutchins, Taroona/Hobart College, Matthew Flinders College (Qld) and Scots College (NSW).
Sailing the RYCT’s fleet of Elliott 6s, the Tasmanian helms are Amy Potter (Fahan), Ethan Galbraith (Friends), Charlie Zeeman (Hutchins), Tim Vincent (Taroona/Hobart College).
A fading breeze forced race officer Nick Hutton to curtail the first day of competition in the match racing, with Scots College, Sydney, winning all four of its flights.
The Friends School had won three out of four flights at that stage, Matthew Flinders College two of four and Fahan, Hutchins and Taroona/Hobart College one each.
Peter Campbell – 0419 385 028