Sydney Uni Sailing Club, the last remaining sailing club in NSW, hosted the first Australian University Regatta in almost 10 years, on 15th-17th of April.
The event was a huge success with 9 universities entering over 60 sailors into the events held in Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour.
Over the 3 days, the sailors competed in 7 races with each day’s weather very different from the previous.
‘On the first day a stiff north-westerly reached as much as 30 knots giving the 40 boat fleet much to contend with. Where as light air in the morning of the second days racing resulted in the start being delayed until the north-easterly sea breeze kicked in,’ said organiser Tom Mallet.
The original university classes of Lasers and Tasars were the strongest classes, but there was also 29ers, 49ers, NS14 and NACRA 5.0 classes for variety.
Jye Murray from MQ, in a Laser, took out the monohull single sail division closely followed by Andrew Turnbull from QUT, in an Impulse.
In the spinnaker/multi hull division the 29ers and 49ers were very competitive but on yardstick the 16ft skiff was on top – helmed by James Ward and crewed by Alexandra Ward and Adam Minter from Wollongong Uni.
The overall yardstick result went to Hugh Tait and Tegan Ryan from UTS in a NS14 who sailed an almost perfect regatta.
For more information:
Shari Wakefield – Communications & Publications Co-ordinator, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness
Phone: 0407 668 312, Email: [email protected], Web: http://www.susf.com.au/