Akarana Sailing Academy kids shine at their first World Championships regatta

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Akarana Sailing Academy kids shine at their first World Championships regatta

Putting stickers on a sail or boat is a fairly common practice in sailing but it took on a special quality recently for a handful of youngsters from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.

Seven Akarana sailors recently competed with the New Zealand flag on their sail at the 2019 O’pen Bic world championships held at the Manly Sailing Club.

They were all challenged throughout the week as they had to contend with conditions ranging from light winds through to 25-knot gusts but the results left academy director Shelley Liefting “excited” about the future of the club.

Logan Ross. 2018 O’Pen Bic World Championships. Manly Sailing Club, New Zealand. Sunday 30 December. Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die

Logan Ross was the top Akarana sailor, with the 10-year-old finishing 20th in the 64-boat fleet in the under-13 division. Morgan Lay was close behind in 24th, with Marco McLaren 34th, Leo Brown 38thand Sam Dold 50th.

Marcus Wallace, who was also racing under the Manly flag, was 61st in the under-17 division and Allegra Handa 65th.

Logan, who has been sailing for less than two years, said it was the hardest regatta he had experienced in his short career but has left him wanting to do more.

“It was really exciting because the wind kept changing and it was cool to compete against different sailors from around the world,” he said. “It was awesome to put the New Zealand flag [on my sail] and represent my country.

The Kiwi Team. The Opening Ceremony for the 2019 O’Pen Bic World Championships hosted by Manly Sailing Club. Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die

“I’m super-excited to finish 20th because I didn’t expect to do that well, especially in the windy days. It’s made me more excited about sailing because you compete against different people and can travel the world.”

More than half the 133 sailors who competed at Manly were from overseas and the titles went to Breanne Wadley from Australia (under-13) and Italy’s Davide Mulas (under-17).

One of the biggest differences for the contingent from the Akarana Sailing Academy was the number and quality of sailors on the start line but they all improved markedly throughout the week under the tutelage of Rob Nelson, who gave up his time to help coach the team over the week.

2018 O’Pen Bic World Championships. Manly Sailing Club, New Zealand. Sunday 30 December. Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die

2018 O’Pen Bic “Manly Open” Pre-Worlds Reatta. Friday 28 December. Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die

2018 O’Pen Bic “Manly Open” Pre-Worlds Reatta. Friday 28 December. Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die

2018 O’Pen Bic “Manly Open” Pre-Worlds Reatta. Friday 28 December. Photo: Suellen Davies – Live Sail Die

“We’ve got some pretty good sailors at Akarana now and we all got better [at the Bic worlds],” Logan said. “It means we have good competition at the club to help us get better and it’s also fun sailing with your friends.”

Results and standings from the O’pen Bic world championships sailed at the Manly Sailing Club recently:

Under-13 (64 boats)

1st: Breanne Wadley (AUS) 1 1 (3) 1 2 2 2 1 (3) 2 3 3 – 18 points
2nd: Ted Houry (NZL) 2 (5) (42) 4 4 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 – 19 pts
3rd: Tiphaine Rideau (FRA) 5 6 4 6 3 5 6 10 9 (14) 6 (19) – 60 pts

20th: Logan Ross (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) 15 9 18 43 22 26 (44) 13 27 (45) 13 25 – 211 pts

24th: Morgan Lay (RAYC) 23 37 (53) 24 33 21 18 14 31 (42) 17 17 – 235 pts

34th: Marco McLaren (RAYC) 25 44 34 (59) (59) 51 34 27 25 30 15 27 – 312 pts

38th: Leo Brown (RAYC) 44 23 14 35 (53) 43 29 26 37 49 34 (65 DNC) – 334 pts

50th: Sam Dold (RAYC) (58) 42 (57) 34 56 49 51 40 34 52 25 28 – 411 pts

Under-17 (69 boats)

1st: Davide Mulas (ITA) 1 3 1 1 8 3 6 10 4 (12) (11) 2 – 39 pts
2nd: Travis Wadley (AUS) (14) 6 9 8 12 7 5 2 (14) 1 1 3 – 54 pts
3rd: Leopoldo Sirolli (ITA) 3 10 12 5 3 9 (13) (30) 12 6 6 1 67 -pts

61st: Marcus Wallace (RAYC / Manly Sailing Club) 54 (60) 60 69 (68) 54 46 58 52 53 44 54 – 534 pts

65th: Allegra Handa (RAYC) 60 63 42 55 66 62 65 46 66 58 (70 DNF) (70 DNC) – 583 pts

Story: Michael Brown

January 31st, 2019|Categories: Academy|

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