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September Wrap

Published 00:00 on 10 Oct 2022
A wrap-up of September for our members:
Finn Australian Championships
Congratulations all competitors racing in the 2022 NB Sailsports Finn Australian Championship here at WSC. Special mention to:
  • 1st Open Ian McKillop.
  • 2nd Open James Bevis.
  • 3rd Marcus Whitley.
  • 1st Master James Bevis.
  • 1st Grand Master David Ellis.
  • 1st Great Grand Master Matt Vissor.
  • 1st Legend Jay Harrison.

Full results available on the Club Website.

420 States
Congratulations to all 22 competitors at this years NSW 420 States. Congratulations to Male State champions Spencer and Benedict McKay, Female State champions Hanako Tomishima and Grace Morrow who were also third place overall, as well as second place overall Will Wilkinson and Ethan Lozevski! Thanks again to all volunteers who helped out with race management, our hosts @woollahrasailing and all families who made this weekend possible with some travelling all the way from Melbourne! Lastly a big thank you to sponsors North Sails who provided prizes for our competitors.

Sydneys weather threw a bit of everything at our sailors. Day one saw stormy, southerly conditions with the fleet experiencing 16-18 knots throughout the afternoon. Four races were completed and it was the McKay brothers, Spencer and Benedict, who revelled in the conditions, winning the first three races and taking a second in the final race of the day. However, racing was tight throughout the afternoon, as Hanako Tomishima and Grace Morrow kept the boys honest, scoring two seconds and a third. 420 new-comer, Will Wilkinson, teamed up with 420 veteran Ethan Lozevski, to compete in his first 420 regatta and came through to win the final race of the day, having bagged a second and a couple of thirds in the earlier races.

Day two of the regatta saw Sydney Harbour shining at its finest for our interstate visitors, and the contrasting blue skies and light 5-8 knot breezes challenged the fleet. Three races were completed as the breeze dropped away and then swung around from a light westerly to the north-east in the final race of the day. The McKay brothers came away with wins in the first two races, but it was Isaac Freeman and Austin Cross who were the most improved in the first race, taking the second place. As the breeze died and swung around in the final race of the day, it was the team of Tomishima and Morrow who sailed the most tactical race, picking the shifts and winning the final race of the regatta.

Final results saw Spencer and Benedict McKay take the NSW Male title with 7 points, Will Wilkinson and Ethan Lozevski in second place overall with 13 points, and third place and NSW Female Champions were Hanako Tomishima and Grace Morrow on 15 points.

The NSW 420 Committee and the competitors would like to thank sponsors, North Sails for their generous support of the regatta, and Woollahra Sailing Club for their work in running the event. A special thanks to our interstate visitors who joined us for the regatta, surviving the sea planes and ferries that are so foreign to them!

Full results.

Sailing School Holiday Programs
WSC's Spring School Holidays were once again a huge success, bringing in just under 100 kids and teens over two weeks to have fun learning to sail and windsurf. We look forward to many of these sailors continuing through the term and into club membership.

Our Summer School Holiday programs are only 8 weeks away and bookings are open now. We have waiting lists for these programs each year so make sure to book early and secure your place! Members discounts apply.

For dates, prices and booking see our website.

NSW Youth Championships
Well done to all of our sailors who competed at the NSW Youth Championships at Point Wolstoncroft from 1st - 3rd October.

Some notable results from Woollahra Sailors at the regatta:
  • 1st 420s Spencer & Benedict McKay
  • 2nd 420s Hanako Tomishima & Grace Morrow
  • 3rd 420s Isaac Freeman & Austin Cross
  • 1st Intermediate Optimist Kai Lawson
  • 3rd Intermediate Optimist Marin Christodoulou-Le Gac
  • 2nd Techno 293 Anna Myers
Full results.

New Windsurfer Gear Revitalising Sailing School Windsurfer Programs
The Club has invested in the purchase of new windsurfing training equipment suitable for adults, teens and kids in order to revitalise our Learn to Windsurf Programs. We are lucky to have added a new windsurfing instructor to the club to spearhead these new programs, Gregoire is very experienced and a wonderful instructor.

Our windsurfing programs on offer include:
  • Private Taster Session (1 or 2 people) - 2 Hour private lesson
  • Private Basic Skills Course (1 or 2 people) - 4 x 2 Hour private lessons
  • Kids Beginner Group - Saturdays 10am to 12pm for 7 weeks
  • Adults Beginner Group - Saturdays 8am to 10am for 7 weeks
  • Teens Beginner Group - Sundays 11am to 1pm for 7 weeks

For Taster and Basic Skills information click HERE
For kids, teens and adults group programs click HERE

WSC Spring and Summer Series
The WSC Spring and Summer Series has started and is on again this weekend. If you have not already done so please register HERE.

Full details and results are available on the club website.

Follow the action through the photo album.

Venue and Function Room Hire
The club spaces are available for hire - with membership discounts available.
For more details please see: Venue Hire on the Club website.

Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance. We will always try to accommodate your requests and function bookings come with a complementary two-hour set-up time prior to your event start time. Evening functions must conclude by midnight so the premises can be cleaned and locked up by 1am. For all functions which run past 9pm WSC will provide mandatory security personnel for a set fee.

For enquires, availability, fees and/or to request a viewing please contact the office by email at the Club or by phone on (02) 9371 9805.

SAIL SYDNEY 2022
A reminder to our members that the club is hosting Sail Sydney again this year. The regatta is on from the 15-19th of December - we encourage all our members to get involved, it is such a great and busy week at the club.

Registration for competitors, volunteers and support boats is open via the Sail Sydney website.

Sail Sydney Website

Tom Slingsby - NSW Male Sailor of the Year Award
WSC Member Tom Slingsby was nominated and received the Australian Sailing NSW Male Sailor of the Year Award for 2022.
More about Tom Slingsby: "Tom Slingsby OAM is a successful Australian competitive sailor. Slinsby's first successes came sailing Laser dingys, where he won three consecutive world championships and the 2012 Olympic gold medal. Slingsby was the strategist for the America's Cup winning Team Oracle USA in 2013. In 2016 He skippered the winner of line honours in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line. Following this he skippered the Australian team in the inaugural SailGP competition."
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Last updated 04:53 on 23 November 2022

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