Australian Combined High Schools Regatta- Results!

The 2018 Zhik Combined High Schools regatta gave sailors a large spectrum of challenging conditions in its 52nd year running. The five day event tested the best young sailors in our country with sailing days varying from large thunderstorms and cool cloudy conditions to sunny flat water, light wind and shifty racing. The regatta was held out of Belmont 16ft sailing club, with a staggering 115 boats competing. Of this, both public and private schools competed from all over Australia. Our Gosford Sailing Club representatives did not fail in proving their skills, coming home at the top of the score-board in nearly all divisions. Perhaps the similar conditions provided out on Brisbane Waters to Lake Macquarie proved an advantage when competing.

One team who proved they were on the top of their game were Hayden Hansen and Will Rivers, from St Edwards College, Gosford, sailing their NS14 ‘Too Risky’. The due placed 3rd overall out of all 115 boats, edging their way to the top of the leader board with a 1st placing in race three of the regatta. They were also the top placed boat in the NS14 division. For Hayden, this is not the first time he has been at the top of the fleet, placing 10th overall at last year’s CHS regatta. However Hayden does credit his crew Will for his improvements and success this year. Hayden's crew Will said his key to success was "consistency and to never give up".

The Hansen’s and the Rivers further proved their good pairing, with Jess Rivers and Annika Hansen not far behind the boys, placing 8th overall in their NS14 boat. The girls from Central Coast Grammar were 2nd in the Australian All Girls division; runners up only to last year’s overall winners Aimee Gallaway and her crew Luca Dawson sailing a Flying 11. Emma Bryne and Tom Molin, Talia Wallace and Stephanie Hansen and Samuel Grilk and Logan Howard were also sailing the NS14 class and placed 34th, 42nd and 46th respectively.

For some, CHS is all about trying out a new, faster and more challenging style of boat, and having a blast out of the water with their friends. Nathan Gulliksen and Gabriella Molin were powering along in their Manly Graduate, their fluro yellow spinnaker charging them along the race-course. Nathan and Gabby, two great sailing instructors at our club came 30th overall, having a memorable time in class. This was Nathan’s last year competing in the CHS regatta, as he completes his HSC studies this year. Mark Murray and Ryan Watts sailing ‘Just Chillin’ were not far behind Nathan and Gabby, placing 34th overall. The team showed steady results throughout the regatta with a best race result of 20th.

In a class not to be forgotten, sabot sailor Jacob West sailing his boat ‘Ticondera’ was 3rd place in Division 6, and just one point off the leading sabot sailor Akiko Koike in the open division. Jacob represented Terrigal High School, showing promise for the future.

Congratulations to all of our Gosford sailors, who showed impressive results and great character throughout the event. For full results please go to: http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2018/chs/chs/series.htm




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