John XXIII Goes Sailing

Seven enthusiastic students from JTC competed in the Interschool Team Racing Regatta, held over three days in the last week of the school holidays at the South of Perth Yacht Club. They were:

Tom Blaauw (Team Captain), Jack Blaauw, Jamie Glaskin, Ethan Prieto-Low, Aoife Roberts, Maddi Taylor, Callum Macintyre

Team JTC had trained hard every Friday afternoon during later half of first term and was hoping to be able to finish in the top eight to qualify for the finals.

Day One saw an inconsistent wind ranging between 2 and 10 knots. On occasions racing had to be delayed because of very little wind. This suited Team JTC, as both the skippers and crew were lightweight, their boats could accelerate well in the puffy conditions. By the end of the day JTC ranked equal first on the Leader Board.

Day Two the wind built up to a consistent 12 - 15 knots. Team JTC continued to sail well though they were beaten by both Scotch and Christ Church. At the end of the day JTC was lying 3rd overall, ensuring that they easily qualified for the finals on Day 3.

Day Three saw strong wind forecast by the Met Bureau. The forecast was not wrong, over the morning the wind built up from 15 knots to a steady 22 knots with gusts in excess of 25 knots. This was just too much for our lightweight crews and they struggled against the teams from Scotch. Christchurch, Aquinas and Esperance SHS. At the end of the third day's racing Team JTC finished a creditable 8th out of the 16 teams that competed in the Interschool Regatta. A little disappointing perhaps after such a promising start to the Regatta, but that's sailing! Next year will be different.

Our thanks go to the team coach, Saxon Oma. He did an excellent job in training the school's sailing team. He also put in long days, watching each race during the regatta and providing encouragement and advice to the crews when they came off the water after each heat.

Ethan and Aoife rounding a mark Tom and Jack Blaauw in a squall
Tom standing up Ethan Prieto-Low and Callum Macintyre

Andrew Locke & Sheryl Murphy
Team Managers