The National Sailing League Oceania event is for Clubs from Australia and New Zealand to send sailors to compete for the ‘best club’. The on water umpired fleet racing regatta was attended by 14 teams and sailed in Elliot 6’s. This was the inaugural event in Australia and Mark Turnbull aims to expand this regatta in the future as this is already a very successful concept in the Northern Hemisphere.
This year Western Australia sent a team of all Girls from Fremantle Sailing Club and Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Our team was Shelley White (Skipper), Ella Clark (Mainsheet), Hayley Clark (Bow) and Chelsea Hall (Trimmer).
Prior to departure the team trained in the SB20’s as they are the most similar boats that we had access to here in Perth.
Many of the teams raced in combinations of four or five and every team had to have at least one Female. Most of the Women and Youth teams raced in teams of five and typically four in the Open teams. We chose to sail with four crew on board so that we could qualify for both the Open and Women’s divisions.
We raced in 15 Fleet races of 12 – 15 minutes over the three days in light to moderate and shifty SW – SE breezes. The races were short, sharp and very intense. With teams rotating in and out of five identical boats after every race.