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Report: New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Yachting Championships

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Teams Yachting Championships were held during the second week of the Term 1 holidays. With quite gusty conditions on the first day and unsafe launching conditions on day two, racing officials made the call to delay racing until the third day before teams were able to get onto the water.

Led by captain R. J. Kensington, the team performed very well in the tricky conditions to come out on top after the first round event, winning eight of their nine races.

The second round robin proved more difficult, with the team coming up against some strong competition, finishing the week with 13 wins from 18 races. This meant the team finished in third place over behind winners Westlake Boys’ High School and Rangitoto College in second place.

It was a fantastic end to a challenging regatta, but the third place means the team has qualified to compete at the Interdominion Championships in Sydney later this year. Congratulations to the team and to Master in Charge L. Sweeney for her support and guidance.