Shifty sailing

Thursday September 05, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Sunburst sailors jostle for position on the start line of the 2019 National Sunburst Championships.  19090412 Sunburst sailors jostle for position on the start line of the 2019 National Sunburst Championships. 19090412

Shifty winds made for challenging sailing and changing leaders on Muri lagoon for the start of the 2019 National Sunburst Championships.

 

It was tricky sailing for the first two races of the seven race regatta, however, the pairing of national sailing husband and wife Taua and Helema Elisa read the conditions well to win the first two races. After a short break the wind increased but remained a little shifty and those who correctly predicted the wind shifts were able to finish well.

This included Taua and Helema, Alyce Edwards and her crew Adrian Cooling and Rarotonga Sailing Club Commodore Craig Bennett and his crew Adrian Hopwood.

After a lunch break, Taua and Helema, who won the first four races, were unable to continue racing.

This opened the field up and pit several crew in the hunt for an overall win.

With a steadier breeze kicking in, the three races after lunch showcased some great racing.

Junior sailors pushed the more experienced sailors with Max McDonald and Sheldon Milner having some great moments on the water.

Brother-sister pairing of George and Grace Newman-Holt sailed well with some impressive finishes, while the mother-son pairing of Jesse Easterbrook and Rachel Smith steadily improved as the day progressed.

Also improving during the regatta were Tom McDonald and Matt Easterbrook who looked like they were loving every moment.

With consistent finishes in the top three for most of the seven races, Edwards and Cooling took first place and are the new Cook Islands National Sunburst Champs for 2019.

Second place went to Bennett and Hopwood, while Taua and Helema Elisa took third place.

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