Sydney Boys High School Sailing 1 December 2012
With the Saturday Fleet racing now finished, attention on Saturday mornings has turned to the Teams Racing on Rose Bay In this type of sailing, teams of three boats and six crew race against each other in rounds called “flights”. Rather than a triangle / sausage / triangle type of course found in fleet racing, teams races are held in identical boats around a series of buoys with the object being to minimise points lost according to final placings. In Teams Racing, it pays to know your rules well.
The conditions did not look inviting, with hardly any wind at all as we left the DBSC. The harbour was like glass with the reflections of the buildings clearly defined until we created a series of distorting waves.
The Sailing Coach, Adam’s choice of a new team led by Tim Pilien, with mainly juniors as crew proved to be the correct call, with the junior’s reduced weight, matching the light weights of some of the juniors in the Scots College Blue Team. The first flight started in only a whisper of wind, when the wind did come up from the NE at about 10 knots, the races were very exciting. Vincent Xu and Angelo Yan in our reserve boat were to sail as the third boat position in the Scots Red Team.
The High team consisting of skippers/crew Tim Pilien/ Dallas Yan, Kai Matsumoto/ Dexter Gordon, Daniel Fang/ Edric Wang and Darren Tiang /Thomas Shortridge were able to win most of their races against Ascham and Scots, except against the Scots Blue Team (which happens to be a very accomplished team).
Kai Matsumoto made some excellent starts and used his voice and helm to effect, enforcing the rules and sailing in a very controlled way, trying traps at marks and pushing opposition boats up into the wind (without collision) to gain advantage for the High team. Tim Pilien sailed well and had a number of interesting starts that show that he is serious about starting on the line on time, but he will need to fine tune his timing a little. Darren Tiang with Thomas Shortridge had difficulties with their jib sail not being on tight enough early on and not pointing up high enough, but they also had a variety of opportunities to enforce the rules on sometimes multiple boats.
Last week the juniors had an excellent sail to Steele Point, Taylor’s Bay, the ‘Hockey Puck’, the Candlestick mark and then around Clarke Island to Port and back to DBSC. It was a good test of the juniors sailing ability and their boat handling. The senior’s Wednesday training was hampered initially by very light conditions, but this was turned to advantage with the opportunity for helming taken up by a number of less experienced skippers in the lighter conditions.
Teams racing will continue to be the focus of this week’s training with both the seniors and the juniors. There may need to be alternative transport for the juniors this Thursday, due to bus availability. TBI
A clarification from last week’s High Tide needs to be corrected. Sydney High crews achieved five out of the top ten places in the Saturday Point Score Series. Fourth place was David Evans, fifth place was Marcus James, seventh place was Daniel Fang, eighth place was Connor Robinson and tenth place was Tim Pilien.
Volunteers are still being called on to help with the Thank You to Leaving Year 12 Parents Catering Event. A couple of Parents to help with the finger food and its preparation as well as a few more boys for waiting at the event in the Hall are needed.
Volunteers are still needed for the first Parking event at the school, early in the year. Please contact Rupert Fang on
This is a major fund raising event for Sydney High Sailing, adding valuable funds to the Sailing program. All helpers are welcome and Parents and interested boys should contact Sachiyo James by email ASAP at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also a reminder of the Family Fun Sailing Day and Barbeque on the weekend of 15th December 2012 at DBSC.