Within walking distance of Wentworth College is the beautiful Gulf Harbour Marina where the College has five Topaz and six 420 dinghies plus a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). Students can undertake a ‘Learn to Sail’ programme in the Topaz boats and then progress to racing in the 420 boats. The inter-schools racing regattas are a team event for which the 420 dinghies are used.
The Wentworth College Sailing Academy has had increased success over the years and now competes in the gold fleet events, where in 2015 the racing team was placed 5th in New Zealand and in 2016 placed 3rd in New Zealand giving them the eligibility to compete in the Pacific Rim Regatta September 2016. The Academy offers a Learn to Sail Programme in Term 4 and Term 1 for sailors new to sailing. The Academy uses 2-handed Topazes so even the most nervous sailor can buddy up and enjoy a day out on the water in a safe environment. Upon completion the sailor moves into the 420 squad. The squad trains and attends 3 regattas in the September holidays, at Christmas and in the Summer tournament week in March. A racing team is selected for the Nationals in April.
Uniform: Life jacket and waterproof jacket and additional sailing clothes as noted in the handbook.
About Teams Racing: The inter-school team races are sailed in 420 yachts, crewed by 2 persons with a total minimum weight of 110kgs. Each race is made up of six boats, across 2 teams (3 boats per team), in a Round Robin series with each race taking 7-10 minutes to complete the short course.
It’s all about protecting your patch and ‘blocking’ the path of opponent boats so as to let your team get the best overall placing. First across the line gains 1 point, 2nd 2 points and so forth. So if you get a first, a second and a sixth, that’s a total of 9 points. The other team would get 3+4+5, a total of 12 points, decreeing those who got 9 points, the winners of that race. It has been described as Chess on Water.
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