Windward – Hodgson team make their mark on match racing

Photo – The Mooloolaba Yacht Club team in full flight in this year’s Warren Jones International Youth Regatta. Credit - Rick Steuart, Perth Sailing Photography.

The Mooloolaba Yacht Club team in full flight in this year’s Warren Jones International Youth Regatta. Credit – Rick Steuart, Perth Sailing Photography.

Conquering the fleet in last week’s Warren Jones International Youth Regatta slipped quickly out of Coast skipper James Hodgson’s plans, but not before his team made their mark.

“We caused some upsets along the way,” Hodgson, the youngest skipper in the fleet at 17 years, happily admitted at the end of his three days of match racing competition on the river in Perth.

The team successfully hit out against the higher-ranked Matt Jerwood and Will Dargarville teams in the second of the round robins, but couldn’t unseat the top three skippers – Sam Gilmour, Harry Price and Chris Steele.

“We sailed well. Imagine if we had won two or three more races,” Hodgson said.

“We learnt a lot so I’m not disappointed by the results.

“I just need a few days to absorb the result.”

Sadly, there was no way to change their overall result as the event organising committee cancelled the quarter final competition as they were running out of time to get through the regatta schedule.

This meant Hodgson and his team, representing Mooloolaba Yacht Club, finished equal seventh in the 12-team competition.

It’s an interesting year ahead for Hodgson who will juggling his last year at school at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, skippering a team in the Australian Schools Match Racing Regatta and regular trips to Sydney to train and compete as part of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s youth program squad.

In other news, Josh Green won the medium weight division and placed third overall in men’s class at the Australia Day weekend 40th Australian Windsurfer Championships, held off Balmoral Beach in Sydney.

Closer to home, youth sailor Frazer Brew is continuing his climb up the performance ladder, winning the Laser 4.7 class at last weekend’s Laser Metro Regatta held in Brisbane.

This weekend David Turton has left his big-boat Alive navigation duties behind to settle into some small boat racing at Kogarah Bay where he is campaigning his IOM radio controlled yacht in the national championships.

The fleet for Good Friday’s start of the 69th Brisbane to Gladstone race is looking strong with the Coast likely to be represented by John Bankart’s Eressea, Mark Jacobsen’s Hasta La Vista and Jon Cray’s Sea Bass.