Interschool Sailing Team Racing Regatta

Thank you to the students who represented the College at the 2016 WA Schools Team Racing Championships. Also a big thanks to staff members Sheryl Murphy, Andrew Locke and Lisa Taylor for the time and commitment they dedicated to the team. A report from Tom Blauuw, ex-student and coach of the sailors is below.

The 2016 WA Schools Team Racing Championship was sailed over the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the second week of the April school holidays. 19 teams faced off at Point Walter Reserve in Bicton, providing a great venue for the regatta, and spectacular viewing for spectators. John XXIII College entered a team largely unchanged from last year with Maddi Taylor, Ethan Prieto-Low, Olivia Stowell, Aaron De Longville, Emily De Longville, Mackenzie Taylor and Florian Mitteregger. Teams racing consists of three boats on each team with two people in each boat facing off to effectively finish in better positions than the three boats on the other team. Teams use tactics such as mark blocks as well as the racing rules of sailing to get the advantage over other teams.

This year saw primarily lighter winds for the first two days of the regatta, seeing big gaps in the middle of the day where we were waiting for wind. After the first two days John XXIII College sat in 3rd place overall as the regatta moved into finals on the 3rd and final day. In good conditions and very close racing John XXIII College unfortunately just missed out on a top four placing on a count back that would have seen us compete in a semi-final format of racing. Whilst disappointed in not making the top four, the team sailed very well throughout the regatta as they now look to wait and see if they will qualify to go to the National Schools Team Racing Championship to be sailed south of Adelaide in the July school holidays! A fantastic opportunity that would be great for both the sailors and John XXIII College.

Tom Blaauw - John XXIII College Sailing Team Coach

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John XXIII College Sailing Team 2016

Back Row - Mr Locke (Assistant Team Manager), Tom Blaauw (Coach)

Middle Row - Emily De Longville, Mackenzie Taylor, Maddi Taylor, Ethan Prieto-Low, Olivia Stowell, Florian Mitteregger

Front Row - Aaron De Longville, Stella the Dog (Team Mascot)

Absent - Mrs Murphy (Team Manager)