Young Bunbury sailor part of Aussie win in Italy
by South Western Times
The honours keep coming in the fledging career of young Bunbury sailor Will Drew.
The teenager was part of the Australian quartet which won the team racing division at the Open Bic World Sailing Championship at the weekend from 10 other nations in Italy.
Will was part of team Australia, which beat 10 other nations to claim the crown.
Teams of four sailors rotated in an interchange style, as three boats from each country battled head-to-head in a best of three race, round robin format.
The Australian team consisted of Will and Barney Woo from WA, as well as brother-sister duo Kristen and Travis Wadley from Tinnaroo in North Queensland.
Team racing requires the competitors to not only sail fast, but also block and defend their teammates to ensure a lower team score in finishing places.
The style of racing is fast-paced and competitors need as much skill in racing rules and how to enforce them.
It is likened to chess on water.
The Australian team qualified for the finals after losing only one match to eventual bronze medallists, the USA.
They then defeated Denmark by one point in the grand final with the Australians winning by one point.
Will also finished 10th in the Open Bic World Sailing Championships under-17 individual competition, out of more than 130 competitors.
The 14-year-old missed out on ninth on a countback after finishing on the same points as another sailor.
It was a tight race, with just one point separating Will and the eighth-placed competitor.
Will was the highest placed West Australian and second Australian overall. Also from WA, Jenna Everett from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club finished 3rd overall in the U13 fleet with Kristen Wadley finishing 4th overall in the U17 Gold Fleet.
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