Friends School sailors for Interdominion Teams Racing
Tasmania will be represented by two teams, both from The Friends School, at the Interdominion Schools Teams Racing Championship against New Zealand in Melbourne in September.
This follows victory by the Friends White team in the girls division at the Australian Schools Teams Racing Championship in Perth this week.
Friends Purple (boys) also qualified with a third overall in the open division in the regatta on Perth’s Swan River.
The girls (Friends White) won a hard-fought duel, 2-1, against Sydney’s Asham School, finishing ninth overall in the 26-team fleet comprising more than 200 boys and girls from schools around the nation.
The winning team comprised Issi Declerck (helm) and Sarah Sargent, Alice Buchanan (helm) and Devla Duggan, and Jasmin Galbraith (helm) and Matilda O’Donoghue, all in their mid-teens.
“This was the first time Friends has sent a girls team to the nationals and we won,” an excited team co-captain, Issi Declerck said after the finals.
“We won the first of the three race grand final, Asham the second, but we were victorious in the third race,” Issi added. “We had a very good team and we are all very pleased with the outcome.”
The Friends Purple (boys) team of Hugo Hamilton (helm) and Ethan Galbraith, Will Wallis (helm) and Brendan Crisp/Rupert Hamilton, and Will Sargent (helm) and Oscar O’Donoghue, came through the round-robin racing unbeaten.
However, they then lost their preliminary final, leaving them in a sail-off for third place overall, which they won.
The grand final ended up between two teams each representing Scots College, Sydney.
In addition to representing The Friends School, all the crews are members of either the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania or Sandy Bay Sailing Club.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Amanda Sargent
11 July 2017