Last weekend the team of Maddie O'Shea, Brooke Wilson, Marlena Berzins and Tiana Wittey finished 3rd in the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific northern qualifier sailed out of Hunters Hill Sailing Club. Eleven teams representing nine clubs contested the event. The format for the umpired fleet event has six boats per race, and teams rotate boats throughout the racing.
Saturday’s racing on the windward/leeward course off Woolwich on Sydney Harbour’s western shoreline was blown out by a strong wind warning. Losing half the series compressed Sunday’s schedule for competitors, race officials and visiting umpires. Races were short and snappy, with a three minute warning for each.
"With around 18 races run, our RSYS team remained focused and steadily improved as the day went on," said Tiana Wittey. "The RL21s proved to be fun and dynamic boats and we really enjoyed testing our skills and knowledge by transitioning into a boat we had never sailed on before. Unfortunately in one of our races our spinnaker halyard broke, forcing us to finish that race earlier than anticipated. Overall, the regatta was wonderful and we are so proud to have represented the RSYS and come home with a third place. We have been working extremely hard as a team and are expecting big things in our future," she added.
The team has qualified for the 2020 SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific Final. This was to be sailed early April but has now been postponed.
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