Four outstanding Fahan sailors performed incredibly well at the 2011 OAMPS Tasmanian Schools Regatta and Youth Championships that were held over the weekend of 9-10 April at Port Dalrymple Yacht Club, Beauty Point, on the Tamar River.
The Regatta is a mixed dinghy class event with competitors’ individual scores accumulating to a three boat school team and Fahan’s representatives, Samantha Bailey, Hannah Chadwick, Ella Connor and Maddy Salter, all came away with good results in their respective classes.
Samantha and Hannah, International Cadet sailors, dominated the individual results, winning three of the six races, with a second and sixth place giving them a net score of six points, sailing Impulse.
Ella and Maddy, in a Laser 4.7, also formed a strong team to represent their school.
The conditions on the Tamar were ideal, and the girls enjoyed two sunny days and winds of 7-15 knots, which gave the competitors some perfect racing conditions.
Samantha and Hannah, who have been selected as part of the Australian team to attend the International Cadet World championships in Germany in July this year, used the opportunity for training and sailing in different waters and conditions.
The girls wanted to aim to do better than the larger dinghies that on yardstick would beat them.
The six-race regatta had 53 boats entered from both the North and South of the State, with 12-school teams competing.
The fact that many of the sailors had several more years experience than our four Fahan girls is testament to the girls’ talent.
Each race was a yardstick result, Samantha and Hannah had four out of six heat wins, and the Fahan girls’ team achieved the following results for the School:
- Highest ranked overall – Samantha and Hannah
- Highest ranked individual – girls – Samantha and Hannah
- Highest ranked girls school team (3 boat team) – Samantha, Hannah, Ella and Maddy
- Highest ranked International Cadet – Samantha and Hannah
- 4th overall team behind The Friends school 1st, Hutchins 2nd, Launceston Grammar 3rd
- Ella Connor - 16th overall
- Maddy Salter - 22nd overall
These results, from a small, independent girls’ school are inspiring and go to show the wealth of talent amongst Fahan students.
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