Friends leads Interdominion team sailing

Hobart school, Friends, has maintained its lead on day two of the open division of the 2018 Interdominion Schools Team Racing Championships being sailed on Algies Bay, north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Fellow Hobart school Fahan slipped from equal first after day one to fourth in the all-girls division, but their round-robin two competition was unfinished at the end of day two.

Talented teenage sailors from Australia and New Zealand are contesting the championships, sailing 420 dinghies, three from each country in an open (mixed) division and, for the first time, three in an all-female division.

The Friends School was unbeaten in ten flights in the open (mixed) division on day one, but yesterday had just one win out of five in round robin three.

However, the team of six boys and one girl, recovered well in the unfinished round-robin four, winning all three flights sailed.

Friends has had 14 wins with Australian schools team racing champions, Westminster from Adelaide, winning seven of eight encounters against the New Zealanders, their only loss on day two being to Friends, for a total of 12 wins.

The NZ school, Auckland Grammar, also has had 12 wins, followed by Westlake (NZL) with nine wins, Christchurch (NZL)  six and Brighton Grammar (AUS) five wins.

After scoring eight wins on day one, Fahan has had a disappointing day two, winning only two races so far, with round-robin four uncompleted.

In contrast, Ascham School from Sydney had five wins in round-robin three and, at the end of sailing on day two, was equal second in the all-girls division with NZ school, Diocesan,  both with 11 wins.

New Zealand school, Napier, now heads the group with 14 wins, with Fahan and Diocesan on 10 points followed by NPFHS (NZL) on 8 points and Canberra Girls Grammar yet to win a race.

Words and photos: Peter Campbell

2 October 2018



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