Sailors shine on turbulent waters


By Caitlan Johnston 

Amelia Angus credits her back-to-back Anchor Aims Games victories to being able to bail just as fast as she can sail.

The 12-year-old Remuera Intermediate student emerged on top of the girls fleet after a wild three days of competition, with gusty spring squalls turning Tauranga Harbour into a washing machine at times.

Angus says the sailing was pretty full on; reading wind-shifts was often a secondary consideration.

“When it was really windy, I was bailing up to three times in the up-wind legs,” Angus said.

The overall boys winner, George Rush from Kristin Intermediate, agreed it was a challenge but relished the chance to test his skills.

“When it got breezy, it was pretty tough and even when it was light, it was painful waiting for the breeze,” Rush said.

Angus comfortably added to her 2016 Year 7 title, facing off against second place holder Lizzie Shapland of Auckland Diocesan School for Girls.

Rush came back fighting this year after a frustrating AIMS regatta in 2016, beating Mason Mulcahy of Takapuna Normal Intermediate school on count back after winning the final race of the gold fleet.

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Kristin Intermediate’s George Rush on his way to victory. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services