420 Secondary Schools Team Racing Success

Recently the Kristin Yachting Team, based out of Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club, competed against the top teams from Australia and New Zealand at the 2016 school teams sailing Inter-dominions. The regatta was held in a 3 boat per team, teams sailing format. The school team has trained out of NBYC for the last 2 years training for their national champs (in April this year) so as to qualify for the Inter-dominions. The boys performed with great success, making this their most successful regatta.

The Kristin team is coached by Laurie Jury - NBYC committee member and the Sailing Director for the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. The team has enjoyed considerable success under Laurie’s expert coaching. Starting in the Bronze fleet two years ago, they rose to be placed 2nd in the National champs in April 2016 and then went on to win 1st place in the 2016 Inter-dominion championships in September 2016.
Kristin’s team is composed of some of New Zealand’s best youth sailors. Leonard Takahashi (JPN Youth Americas cup sailor, JPN sailing team), Jackson Keon (Youth World ranked 2nd 29er, NZL youth team), Josh Berry (16th 420 fleet racing worlds, NZL youth team) and captained by Lachlan Grimwade (33rd laser 4.7 worlds). Along with veteran teams sailing crew; Thomas Crook (also debut as skipper), James Baker, Jack Rush and Ben Gentry. 

The challenge of the regatta was not only beat the top Kiwi teams, but also to better the top 3 Australian teams. After several round robins, Kristin had sailed with impressive results throughout the regatta. The regatta came to an end with a final race win against the top Australian team Westminster, leaving Kristin placed 1st in Australia and New Zealand. The team won the 1st place Inter-Dominion Trophy and went on to win Kristin’s 2016 Sports Team of the Year award.

The final results were:
  • 1st – Kristin School (NZL)
  • 2nd – Westminster (AUS)
  • 3rd – Wentworth (NZL)
  • 4th – Kerikeri High School (NZL)
  • 5th – Friends School A (AUS)
  • 6th – Friends School B (AUS)

Well done Kristin!
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