Shearer makes clean sweep of P-class

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013
Aris Shearer
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SAILING AWAY: Timaru Yacht and Power Boats Club's Aris Shearer has won the P-class South Island title.

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Timaru sailor Aris Shearer is starting to make waves after making a clean sweep of the P-class at the South Island Championship Regatta at Lyttleton.

Shearer won all five races with only the first being a close affair, at the regatta which was hosted by the Naval Point Club.

The 14-year-old put his success down to the fact he managed to pick the wind shifts the best.

He liked the sport because mainly "every day is different".

The P-class title doesn't often make its way south but it was won in 2003 by Thomas Olds, and in the same yacht which is called 'On the Move'.

Shearer will try and go one better at the P-class nationals, which will be held near Auckland at Easter. Shearer is in his fourth season of sailing, after first seeing the yachts racing while swimming in Caroline Bay.

His father Al said they decided to head down to the yacht club and see what was involved.

"Aris loved it and he was lucky because of what was happening."

Two talented sailors, Lola Stoodley and James Goldingham, were involved with Ross Lund and Shearer was able to learn a lot off them, he said.

Shearer's ability to learn quickly has had him represent New Zealand.

He was part of a seven-strong New Zealand Optimist team that competed at the Asian Optimist Championships in Japan in August, after strong performances at regattas around the country.

Shearer will again sail in both classes this season.

Fellow Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club sailor Goldingham finished 3rd in the Starling class at the South Island regatta.

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