The weather gods definitely decided to test our sailors at the 2015 Inter-School Regatta & Farr 3.7 Nationals on the weekend of 7, 8 & 9 March at Waitangi, with races started in 20-22 knots, but with top gusts of 33 knots recorded. Nerve was needed as well as skill, and our young sailors showed they had plenty of both, taking out 1st place in both the P-Class and the Starling Class.
We had 55 competitor boats on the water which made for some hectic action. The rescue boats were kept busy with some of the less experienced competitors finding the conditions too much for them. Gear breakages frustrated some aspiring hopefuls who instead of getting points on the board, got a tow back to the beach. With such trying conditions, we were very lucky to have so many fantastic volunteers helping to keep everyone safe.
For full results click here to go to the results page
So how did our sailors go?
P-Class – James Sheldon 1st with 7 wins, Jack Honey 2nd and Helena Sanderson 4th
Starling – Shea Donohoe 1st, Kate Sheldon 6th, Phil McNeill 9th, Emma Sheldon 16th, Holly McNeill 19th.
Farr 3.7 – Peter Sharp 20th
Congratulations to you all. With the level of talent being shown, we can expect to see some of our sailors competing at an international level in the future.