Mr Nicholas Stansbie – Sailing Manager
The 2020 Sailing season is now underway after two weeks of school.
It is great to see that once again sailing numbers are strong. Over 50 Y7 boys are involved in the program in their first year at the Senior School and equally pleasing is the number of boys who are continuing to develop their skills through the Start Sailing 2 and Better Sailing groups. With 24 boys in the Better Sailing Squad and a number having already begun to train with the Racing Team, competition for places looks set to be keen in future years.
The Prep Sailing program will begin in week 3 and we are grateful also to Australian Sailing for the further loan of a set of Tackers boats for them to learn to sail in.
The season opened on Friday 31st January, with the assistance of Father Jonathan who officiated at the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. Friends of Sailing were on hand to provide the boys with a sausage at the conclusion of training.
Week 2 saw the training get fully underway, albeit with the necessary cancellation of some sessions due to the weather conditions. We will always assess the weather conditions on a daily basis, with the assumption each day that training will go ahead, unless conditions that develop dictate otherwise. We welcomed new coaches Leigh Lomas and Tom Wright and Racing Team Manager Natasha Rosky to the team, together with Grace Murphy and Mel Watson, who began coaching last term and experienced old hands Xavier Doerr, Ky Heale and Jess Sabin.
With the assistance of Frizelle’s Sunshine Automotive, who have provided a vehicle to assist with towing this year, on Sunday 9th February, we made our first journey to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for the first week of Fleet Racing. Despite a poor forecast, the conditions in the end made for a good competition and there was some good competitive sailing from the TSS and Brisbane Grammar boys in particular. At the end of the first day’s sailing, with four races completed, and a fleet of 35 boats, the overall standings are:
1st Blake Wilson and Zach Miller-Wright
3rd Lachlan Wheatley and Harry Hogan
5th Angus Wheatley and Max Dewhurst
8th Andrew Douyere and Tadhg Stuckey
12th Lachlan Free and Ben Stroebel
18th Charlie Hart and Ryan Hebdon
23rd Blair Parker and Benedykt Dominikowski
27th Yathish Soni and Jake Scott
With boats from Brisbane Grammar filling most of the gaps between the top TSS boats, the GPS season is looking to be very competitive.
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