Sabots cross the finish line in a Port Curtis Sailing Club race.
Sabots cross the finish line in a Port Curtis Sailing Club race. Marina Hobbs

Young guns show off talent in annual sailing regatta

BOATS gathered for the annual ASP-IBS Youth Regatta at the Port Curtis Sailing Club last weekend, with entries from Keppel Bay Sailing Club, including two-up and one-up dinghies and Sabots.

The regatta consisted of a series of four races on Saturday and Sunday, finishing with the awards presentation on Sunday afternoon.

In the Sabot division six young sailors took to the water for what was to be a competitive two days sailing.

Anna Williams represented the PCSC in this division in Iron Gippsland, sailing well after a long absence from this class of dinghy.

This division was impressively dominated by one talented young sailor from KBSC, Jonno Pummell (Mac-Attack) who eclipsed the fleet with convincing wins in every race.

Hot on the transom of Pummell, with consistent second-place performances, was Firefly (Kelly Tansey), followed by Badboy (Seamus Byrt), Itsin (Sophie Baynton), Iron Gippsland (Anna Williams) and Iron Wyalla (Shelby Newton).

The open dinghy fleet provided an entertaining and exciting spectacle with the four entrants all sailing exceptionally well.

The final honours for this division were hotly contested with Tom Moran (PCSC) and Blake Newton (KBSC) trading tacks throughout the series with two first and second places each at the end of the series.

To award a winner's trophy the race committee consulted the total elapsed time over the four races, which revealed that Moran (Thumbs Up) pipped Newton (Look Both Ways) by just over a minute followed by Rohan Berry (Rip Tide) and Jackson Cooper (Psycho).

Thanks go to ASP-IBS for their continued sponsorship and support of youth sailing and this regatta and to the parents, volunteers and staff who help to make this a fun and fantastic weekend.

A special mention this week goes to PCSC skipper David Mann and crew who recently flew the club flag with pride, demonstrating outstanding skill and teamwork on Moreton Bay last weekend at the St Helena Cup, hosted by Wynnum Manly Yacht Club.

Mann was second in the highly competitive race fleet and was happy with the result: "Second is a pretty good outcome with all the thrills and good times had on board".

This victory follows the team's outright domination of the Central Queensland Trailerable Championships.

Club racing continues this weekend with the third race of the Head of the Harbour Series at 1pm abeam Spinnaker Park.



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