GSC Sailors Shine At CHS Regatta

GSC youth sailors certainly gave it their all at the 2017 Zhik Combined High Schools Championship (CHS), showing great form throughout the entire regatta. The 5 day event was held from 18th-22nd of April, and saw a total of 114 boats from sabots to 16ft skiffs competing. The event is the largest of its kind, bringing youth sailors of high school age together from all across the nation to sail out of Belmont’s Lake Macquarie area in NSW. This year GSC sailors gave a good challenge to the newly crowned CHS winners Amiee Gallaway and Jamie Dobinson.

The first two days of the CHS regatta saw  light and variable conditions. This allowed a number of competitors to make a claim for the prestigious title. Of one such was Gosford’s very own Hayden Hansen and Will Rivers sailing ‘Dark side of the Moon’ in the NS14 class. The boys managed to grasp the 3rd place leader bib after day 1 of the regatta following their corrected time.  The NS14’s continued to show fantastic form throughout the remainder of the event, dominating as a light breeze filled the race course on day 2. This again saw one of GSC’s sailors dominate, charging ahead on the leaderboard. GSC’S Nathan Gulliksen and Thomas Molin sailing ‘Nemesis’ came away with no better than a 1st in race 3. The boys were GSC’s best performing team, managing to come away 7th overall out of 114 boats. Other stella performances from GSC sailors continued throughout the entire event, with Jessica Rivers and Annika Hansen posting a 3rd and 5th in races 2 and 4 to finish a commendable 17th overall and 4th all girl team, Gabby Molin and Rhianna Wallace coming 21st overall and 5th all girl team Mark Murray and Seth Chapman coming 36th overall. In the F11 class Eva Andigo and Abbey Anido came 55th overall, Samuel Girlk and Myah Greenwood 67th overall and Britney Bedding and Nele Schulz 79th overall. This was yet another commendable performance for these 3 teams, showing great potential for their many high school years to come. Bridget Conrad stepped it up out of her usual Optimist class to the Flying Ant Class and with her sailing partner  Ruby Cowin managed to come away in 87th position. Bridget and her team-mate were the only sailors in the Flying Ant class this year.

The main question every year at the CHS event seems to be ‘which class should I sail’. Well, based on this year’s event it was clear the GSC NS14 sailors picked it, with a great handicap in the light conditions. GSC congratulates all of these youth sailors and is looking forward to watching their progress in the coming years. Check out some of the great photos of the event taken by Red Hot Shotz Sports Photography on this link:


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