Racing for Day Two of the Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Championship commenced on time today at 1000 hours. Racing was halted yesterday afternoon at 1400 due to a severe storm warning that was issued for South East Queensland which included the waters the teams were racing on.
Prior to bringing the team's home they raced in 20 knots of south east breeze in messy short sharp chop. The level of skills displayed by the teams during the increasing conditions was praised by the Umpires.
“The standard of racing yesterday was outstanding,” said Chief Umpire Tom Johns during this mornings competitors meeting. “Everyone showcased some brilliant team racing skills even in the heavier conditions,” he continued.
Reining champions Tauranga Boys College (NZ) have won this event for the last two consecutive years. Team Captain Thomas Saunders said his team was settling into the regatta well. They are currently placed second behind The Hutchins School (AUS/TAS).
“Team Racing in New Zealand is conducted in 420's so it's taken some time to get used to the Pacers raced here,” said Saunders. “But I am confident in our team's ability and know that we can come through and stay strong. Our goal today is to change the leader board around and get to the podium position.”
Elliott Noye, Team Captain for The Hutchins School said that having some local knowledge of Waterloo Bay was an advantage.
“We have sailed here a few times before and I think that is an advantage for us,” said Noye. “We are going to have to stay consistent to maintain the top spot, but I know we can do it.”
The Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Championship will finish with two results. The winning team and the winning nation will be recognised.
“It's great when your country wins and we are aiming for Kiwi domination, but we really want to be the best ranked team,” said Saunders as he encouraged his Tauranga Boys College team mates.
“This year it's going to be all about the Aussies,” said Tasmanian Noye. “But we are like Tauranga, we want to be the winning team after the final race.
The results page will be updated as racing unfolds. Details on teams including the results and photos can be found via the link http://www.rqys.com.au/index.php/2009-interdominions/
– Story and pic by Suellen Hurling RQYS.