GSC 420 Girls at Sail Melbourne
Gosford Sailing Club’s World Youth team representatives Sophie McIntosh and Emily Summerell tuned up for this week’s big event in Auckland with a solid performance at the Sail Melbourne regatta which finished on Sunday.
The Central Coast’s 420 sailing team finished fourth overall and were the first girls team at the St Kilda, Melbourne event as invited classes to the Sailing World Cup final.
They enjoyed two wins over the eight races sailed and after dropping a DNF score for not finishing one race when the halyard broke, they were only one point behind the third placegetter at the end of the regatta. In the final race they advanced from fifth to fourth overall thanks to a third placing and were seven points ahead of the next All Girls team.
Sophie, 18, and Emily, 16, who earlier earned their spot as Australia’s sole representatives in the Girls 420s at the Youth Worlds, crossed the ditch on Monday to arrive at the racing venue at Torbay, Auckland, with racing due to start on Thursday, December 15, and winding up on December 20.
Twenty All-Girls teams are listed as competing at the Youth Worlds, representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, USA and, of course, Australia. The practice race is on Thursday, December 15, with racing staring on Friday and running until the following Tuesday, with the closing ceremony also on December 20.
After the Worlds, the Australian All Girls 420s champions are also looking forward to the next nationals in Adelaide in early January.
After the Sail Melbourne event Sophie posted on Facebook: “Sail Melbourne is over and now it's off to NZL for the Youth Worlds! Really looking forward to the whole experience with some intense racing to come! Thanks everyone for the support” :)
The girls have been keenly supported by Gosford Sailing Club and its members.