Daniel Maree wins Sabot State title

  • March 4, 2019

Talented young sailor Daniel Maree is the 2019 Tasmanian champion in the evergreen Sabot class, winning the State title and the Tasmanian Youth Championship in Sabot over the weekend.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Off-the-Beach sailor scored three wins and two seconds and with seven of the scheduled eight races completed, was able to discard his UFD in race five.
Daniel (14) finished with a net 8 points to win from fellow RYCT sailors Nicholas Whitton on 15 points and Lara Racape, who won the seventh and final race, on 16 points.

Daniel Maree and Lara Racape line up for a Sabot start.

RYCT OTB sailors dominated the Sabots, but Elysha Jones came down from Port Dalrymple Yacht on the Tamar River and was rewarded with two wins.
Ellen Hillcoat from the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club on the Tamar River scored a one-point win in the Laser 4.7 class from Howard Tapping (SBSC) with Hugo Oliver (RYCT) two points back. Ellen and Hugo each won two of the six races completed, while Howard and Sarah Sargent each had a win.
The Laser Radials attracted only three entries, with Will Sargent (SBSC) winning five of the six races, the other race going too Adele Auchterlonie (RYCT) after Sargent was called UFD.
The Tasmanian Youth Championships over the weekend of 2-3 March attracted 53 boats and 65 sailors, with Sandy Bay Sailing Club hosting the event on the River Derwent.

The 29ers again provided some spectacular sailing.

Saturday was a day for good seamanship by the young sailors in a ‘fresh’ breeze gusting to 25 knots on the Derwent; Sunday was one for skilful sailing and tactics in a ‘gentle’ zephyr (4-7 knots) to complete the regatta.
Unfortunately, Sunday’s light and flukey breezes reduced the overall races for all classes, but race officer Bridget Hutton managed to complete six for Laser Radials and 4.7s, Optimists, 29ers, Bic Technos, and seven for Sabots and International Cadets.
The individual sailors and crews who raced the 53 boats over the weekend deserve top marks, as does Hutton, who is also Vice Commodore of Sandy Bay Sailing Club. She kept the regatta going on Sunday in a listless breeze that ranged from 4 to 6 knots and virtually boxed the compass.
The Optimists produced a fleet of 18, all from the host club, Sandy Bay Sailing Club, with Eddie Reid, who was runner-up in the 2019 Optimist Nationals, winning with a scorecard of 1-1-1-(2)-1-2.

Race officer Bridget Hutton and her SBSC team had a busy weekend

International Cadet Australian champions Hugo Allison (14) and James Gough (12) again had an outstanding regatta, winning all but one of the seven races.
The Laser Radials attracted only three entries, with Will Sargent (SBSC) winning five of the six races, the other race going too Adele Auchterlonie (RYCT) after Sargent was called UFD.
Six races were sailed in the 29ers, with Oscar O’Donoghue and Rupert Hamilton scoring four wins and a second for a net 6 points.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Oliver Burnell
4 March 2019