Goolwa Sailors compete in State Title races

Speed: Harry Cooper and Shevaun Bruland (GAC) are chased down by Somerton competitors during the Tasar State Championships on February 8. Photo: Jake Steele.
Speed: Harry Cooper and Shevaun Bruland (GAC) are chased down by Somerton competitors during the Tasar State Championships on February 8. Photo: Jake Steele.

It's been a busy few weekends for Goolwa Aquatic Club sailors, with state titles in a number of classes.

GAC hosted a round of the Tasar Association of South Australia's State Tasar Championships on February 8 and 9.

About a dozen Tasar dinghies from metropolitan and country clubs around the state attended, with three races held on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Harry Cooper and Shevaun Bruland from GAC sailing Two Fat Ladies proved very competitive in the quality fleet, with two wins on the second day of racing, and are now placed sixth in the State Championships despite missing the initial round at Somerton.

Peg Offler and Bryan Lindsay (White Sapphire), and Dave and Aleida Steele (Purple Haze) enjoyed the experience of racing in a larger than usual Tasar fleet.

The final round of the State Title series is in Wallaroo in March. The following weekend saw junior sailors converging on Brighton Seacliff Yacht Club for the Australian Sailing Tri Series and SA Laser Metros, with GAC well represented.

Kelly Steele and Cleo Hart placed 13th and 16th in the Open Optimist division; Cleo with an impressive sixth as her best result.

Hamish Robinson (dual BSYC and GAC member) placed third in the Intermediate Opti's with consistent sailing. Alex Wilson finished third in the Green Optimist fleet of 20 boats, missing second place by the narrowest of margins.

In the Laser 4.7s, Izaak Hart of GAC continued to show great form, taking first place with four wins and a lowest placing of third across the regatta. Zoe Robinson (GAC/BSYC) took fourth place and first female, with one race win.

Arguably, the impressive form of these two sailors was helped by their season competing in the 303 dinghies at GAC. Ian Irwin, with a non-standard Laser 4.7 sail, competed impressively and placed well in a number of races.

Former GAC sailor, Tom Chambers, placed third in the Laser Radial. Finally, on a high note, in the double-handed International Cadet, GAC sailor Sophie Ward and skipper Darcy Conry sailed to an overall win, one point clear of their closest competitor.

Sister Rose Ward and skipper Mitchell Kelsey finished in sixth place. Racing continues next Sunday at GAC with a Club Championship round.