Sail, socalise and dine in the heart of Darwin
On Saturday the 4th of February, the Darwin Sailing Club match racing team met at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. For half of the team it was their first sail on the Elliot 7’s, and the first time the team had sailed together at all. The team consisted of Tom Vincent on the bow, Hamish Wiltshire on trim, Melbourne import Will Fox on main, and John Lynch as skipper. We were blessed with spectacular views of the harbour bridge and the opera house. While ferries, optimists, and everything in between cruised around.
The first of the round robin series started on Sunday where we were the first match underway. Once again, we were thrown in the deep end with no chance to watch a pre-start. This made it a little more difficult for the boys with no match racing experience. After a shaky start against some of the top seeds, we polished our crew work and came away with our first ever match win. By the end of the day we had completed our first round robin on a gloomy Sydney Harbour. The second round robin was interrupted by a storm and so took two days to complete. We took another win on the third day and so sat one place out of the finals. After the completion of the second round robin we raced the Sandringham YC team in a first to three series for who would collect the wooden spoon. We came out victorious winning three and losing one. It was a huge credit to us as a team, having improved so dramatically throughout the week, and on last regatta’s result.
The team owes a thank you to our host family, the Evans’ who looked after us so well during our stay. Also to the Darwin Sailing Club for their ongoing support, and all members who were involved in our fundraising efforts. The next regatta we are looking towards is the Darwin International Youth Match Racing Regatta.
John Lynch – Skipper
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