Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series

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Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
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Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
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Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
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Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
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Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
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Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Victoria Harbour Schools Team Racing Championships
Jennifer Milligan, Yachting Victoria, Saturday, 4 April 2009

LAST year's champions St Leonard's College will face some tough competition in the finals after some exceptional sailing in the second qualifying round of the Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series last weekend.

 

St Leonard's were the victors after two days of sailing, but were pushed harder than ever before by strong teams from St Michael's Grammar and Geelong Grammar.

The second round of the series, proudly sponsored by Lend Lease's Victoria Harbour development project and the City of Melbourne, was held on March 28 and 29 at Docklands Yacht Club.

 

Twelve schools sailed for the chance to compete in the state finals in May. The winners of that event will go on to compete in the Australian schools team racing championships at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in July.

 

Warm weather brought family and friends to Docklands on both days, though the gentle conditions certainly tested the crews' patience as well as their sailing abilities.

 

Event organizer and Yachting Victoria board member Mark Taylor said St Leonard's College showed some exceptional sailing, with the team being pushed harder thanks to some great sailing from its competitors.

 

"Geelong Grammar, St Michael's Grammar and Haileybury (A) have been the big improvers from last year," Mr Taylor said.

 

"St Leonard's was certainly pushed harder than it has been historically, and will have its work cut out in the finals if it is to repeat back-to-back State championship victories."

The final results from last weekend's qualification round were:
1. St Leonard's College (A)
2. St Michael's Grammar School
3. Geelong Grammar School
4. Haileybury College (B)
5. The Peninsula School (A)
6. The Peninsula School (B)
7. Blackburn High School
8. Firbank Grammar
9. The Woodleigh School
10. Xavier College
11. St Leonard's College (B)
12. Melbourne High School

The four schools that automatically qualify for the state finals are St Leonard's College (A), St Michael's Grammar School, Geelong Grammar School and the Peninsula School (A). They will join Haileybury (A), St Bede's College, Mentone Grammar and Christian College Geelong who automatically qualified from the first selection event along with Blackburn High, Mentone Girls Secondary, Firbank and Woodleigh who have been give wildcard entries.

 

The Victorian Schools Team Racing Championships will also be held at Docklands on May 16 and 17 and comprises the final component of the Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series.

For more information please call Yachting Victoria's schools sailing coordinator John Middleton on 0411 453 127 .

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