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Sailing Academy

Wentworth College’s Sailing Academy welcomes new students to the sport, as well as coaching and supporting students who wish to compete nationally and internationally.   Each week, in Term 1, our students sail from Royal Akarana Yacht Club under the watchful eye of the teacher in charge of sailing, with support from the Yacht Club’s top coaches.  Students can sail 420’s, O’Pen Bic’s, 29ers and Optimists.  Students get to learn new sailing skills and techniques required for demanding team work in boat handling as well as getting the chance to compete in regional and local regattas.

The Wentworth College Sailing Team has had increased success over the years and now regularly competes in Regional and National events.  Wentworth offers a Learn to Sail Programme for sailors new to sailing using Optimists or Bic’s so even the most nervous sailor can enjoy a day out on the water in a safe environment. Upon completion of the course, the sailor moves into the 420 squad. The squad trains and attends 3 regattas throughout the year.  A racing team is selected for the Nationals in April.

Uniform: All equipment is provided by the yacht club to be worn over the sailor’s own rash vest, shorts and wetsuits (optional).

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 is 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 is 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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