Tas sailors take on the world
Young Tasmanian sailors are this week showing their skills, but their overall standings have suffered from start line infractions, at international regattas in Poland, Italy and Samoa. Final races overnight will decide their overall placings.
At the Pacific Games in Samoa, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member Will Sargent seems certain of a silver or bronze medal in the Laser class against a classy fleet that includes one Rio Olympian and top French sailors. Sargent has sailed consistently in the tropical tradewinds.
At Anzio, Italy, Jock Calvert’s second starting line penalty has proven costly in the Finn Silver Cup Under 23 regatta, dropping him from sixth overall to 11th going into the final day of racing overnight.
The RYCT member began the prestigious Silver Cup with a seventh, but was disqualified under the UFD rule in race two. He has followed this with a 5-6-2 result before a 23rd and a BFD (black flag) disqualification but could still finish in the top ten against top young Finn sailors from 16 countries.
At Gdynia, Poland, Hobart sailors Alice Buchanan and Dervla Duggan are again representing Australia in the girls 29er class at the Youth Sailing World Championships. With one day to sail, they are 13th overall among 25 nations after a week of mixed results.
An early setback was a UFD disqualification for a starting line infringement in race two but they bounced back with four consecutive third places to be in the top ten midway through the regatta.
Unfortunately, a retirement from race 10 has set the Sandy Bay Sailing Club crew back to 13th.
So far, Australia has won one gold medal at the Youth Worlds with Sydney sailors Will Cooley and Rebecca Hancock winning the Nacra 15 class. The pair won the Australian championship on the Derwent last January.
Peter Campbell – 0419385028