McIntosh Moving On Up-
Sophie McIntosh has had her fair share of 420 sailing over the past year competing in multiple sailing regattas. So when she competed in the Australian 470 Nationals regatta at Wangi Wangi, Lake Macquarie just last week it was only fair to ask her what was next.
“For me it was just an awesome opportunity to get into the 470 class, have a feel for it and have a great time. I’ve had a pretty full on year so it was just great to be able to sail on the lake and try to figure out which class to go into next”.
Whilst most people were at the cinemas or lying down in an air-conditioned room over the weekend as NSW sweltered in the heat, the 470 sailors had a blast out on the water. “We were pretty fortunate to have an early seabreeze each day considering the heat. Winds averaged 8-12 knots every day and this made the racing even closer”. After 8 races in the combined women’s and men’s fleet McIntosh finished 3rd Female team and 7th overall-A pretty good effort for her 1st regatta in the 470 class. National champions were awarded to Rio Silver medallists Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan whilst the female national crown was awarded to Olympian Carrie Smith and Amelia Catt.
McIntosh summed up the event saying “I had a fantastic time. The quality of the fleet was at a really high level. There is definitely a lot to learn in the class. This takes time. I’m really grateful I had this opportunity and to compete against the best sailors in the class was awesome. For now I’m in the transition period between classes. I was just trying to get out on the water and have some more fun. Like most sailors I am interested in having a ago on a range of classes this season. It’s a lot of fun and makes you a better sailor at the end of the day”.