Darwin Open Day for Season Opening
Gary Martin 14 April 2014
The Darwin Sailing Club held it’s combined open day expo and sign on day on 12 April 2014. The club opened its doors to the general public offering free face painting, jumping castle and displays of sailing boats on the lawn along with the friendly atmosphere that is typical of Darwin’s premier sailing club. Display booths promoting keelboats, trailer sailors, Lasers, Minnows, Tasars and Catamarans as well as sail training schools were manned by club members encouraging sailors both old and new to sign on for the 2014 sailing season. In order to show members of the public what sailing is all about and what a wonderful and accessible sport it is the Club also offered free try sailing sessions throughout the day. Enthusiastic instructors and club juniors donated their time to take people out sailing in the Club’s training fleet. 153 people signed up for the free sailing sessions leaning that you can have fun in the water and learn to sail at the same time. Club Manager Haydyn Johns said that each person who signed up for the sailing session will be followed up and encouraged to continue to enjoy sailing and join the Club. The Darwin Sailing Club is one of three sailing Clubs in the NT who along with the Gove Boat Club and the Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association provide an avenue for members of the public to become a part of the growing sailing community and enjoy the safe and healthy sport and lifestyle that sailing offers.
NT Sailor takes the trifecta
Gary Martin, 10 January 2014
NT Sailing Team sailor Hamish Wiltshire takes a triple victory by winning the 2014 Australian Youth Championship and the Yachting Australia Grand Prix Series in the Laser 4.7 Class after winning the Australian 4.7 Laser Championship. Hamish sailed consistently throughout the Youth Championship to finish with three firsts, one fourth, seventh, eighth, ninth and eleventh after two drops to give a final score of 42. This was equal points with Victoria’s Jack Graves however after a count back Hamish was awarded the win and is the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth Champion. Hamish's consistent performance throughout the year winning the Australian 4.7 Laser Championship, Australian Youth Championship, Queensland Youth Championship, finishing second in the NSW State Championship and third in the ISAF World Cup put him ahead of the rest of the Australian Youth Sailors giving him the Yachting Australia Grand Prix overall win.
Also sailing in the Australian Youth Championship from the NT were John Lynch and Lewis Radonich who finished 18 and 28 respectively out of 65 of the best 4.7 Laser sailors in Australia.
NT Sailor dominates Australian Laser 4.7 Championship
Gary Martin, Monday 6 January 2014.
NT sailor dominates the Australian Laser 4.7 Championship.
The Australian Laser Open Championship sailed at Melbourne’s McCrae Yacht Club, was dominated by NT Sailing Team member Hamish Wiltshire. Hamish made the most of the strong winds and shifty conditions to take out first place in the Laser 4.7 class. He set his stamp on the regatta from the start by winning the first two races putting him three points ahead of his nearest competitor. Hamish went on to finish with three first places, two second places, two thirds, two fourths and a fifth giving him a final score of 26 points, 8 points ahead of Jack Graves in second place with 34 points and Brody Riley in third place on 35 points.
Hamish who is a member of YNT’s NT Sailing Team and an NT Institute of Sport Scholarship holder has had an impressive year sailing his Laser 4.7. He won first place in the Queensland Midwinter Championship, second place in the NSW State Championship and third place in the ISAF World Cup (Sail Melbourne). Hamish was awarded the 2013 YNT Junior Scholarship Award and was also named the Darwin Sailing Club 2013 Laser Sailor of the Year.
Also sailing in the Australian Laser Open Championship in the 4.7 class was fellow NT Sailing Team member Lewis Radonich. Lewis finished in 24 place overall in the very competitive fleet of 54 Lasers in the challenging conditions.
Both Hamish and Lewis will stay on in Melbourne to compete in the Laser 4.7 division of the Australian Youth Championship to be sailed at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron from 6 to 18 January 2014.