Twenty teams from Country, Western Region, SE Region and Metro with about 160 school sailors with keen parents, umpires and race officers headed for the Kangaroo Island Yacht Club to sail the 2012 SA Team Sailing Championships on April 12 to 14 to determine the two teams to represent SA at the Australian Championships.
The conditions were perfect with steady breezes coming from the north-east with near flat water enabling the organisers to sail a mammoth 210 races on the picturesque waters of Nepean Bay over the three days with the winners St Michael’s and St Joseph’s (Port Lincoln) determined by the Swiss System. Immanuel finished third and the KI deCouedic team fourth. Several of Immanuekl’s sailors were boarders from Kangaroo Island.
Tents were erected along the grassed area in front of the club enabling spectators and sailors alike to enjoy a fabulous view of the sailing. Two courses were set up each day and four fleets of pacers from Victor Harbor, Metro Schools Team Sailing Committee, St Peters and KIYC were used. The KI Pacers were an absolute picture as the sponsored sails with their large logos were used for the first time on Kangaroo Island.
The KI sailors stood out in their new blue, yellow and white jackets.
Sophie Sheridan and her helpers did a magnificent job in the galley as they kept the visitors well fed. Event organiser Tim Frears was kept busy making sure everything ran like clockwork.
It was a well-run Regatta and thanks must go to all the hard working committee and parent helpers who were responsible for making it all happen. Special thanks must go to the people working the start/finish boats, umpire zodiacs and Darryl Frears and Ian Saunders who acted as the race officers for the event. The event culminated in a presentation dinner at the Kingscote Town Hall.
The organising committee would like to thank the Kangaroo Island community for its generous support of this event.