Timaru trio sail to victory at age-group regatta

Three Timaru sailors achieved top results at the South Island Age Group Regatta last weekend.

Aris Shearer won the Optimist class, Lola Stoodley claimed the Starling class and Cullen LeRoy took out the Laser class.

Sixteen Timaru sailors travelled to Charteris Bay near Lyttelton to compete in the annual event. The sea breeze picked up on Saturday afternoon, with four races completed in good sailing conditions. The final two races were held on Sunday.

Thirty learner sailors competed in the Optimist Green Fleet.

The large number of yachts on the course and the stronger wind conditions and waves on Sunday resulted in lots of bailing and a few capsizes. Nicos Shearer, of Timaru, sailed well and finished fifth in the nine years and under class, while Shearer sailed consistently to win the Optimist Open Fleet Class.

A fleet of 32 Starlings provided some close racing and good preparation for the South Island Championships in Picton on February 23 and 24.

In the Starling 15 years and under class, Stoodley was first, James Goldingham fourth and Samuel Rushton sixth.

In the 16 years and over class, Andrew Miller was second, Alex Whytock third and Annabel Cowan fourth.

A good turnout of South Island Green Fleet sailors is expected for the Optimist national championship in Timaru over Easter, starting on March 29.

The Timaru Herald