With 172 sailors from 22 schools competing in two full marathon days of team racing in Feva and Pico divisions respectably, the races were overseen by Race Officer Andrew Moore and cheered on by family, friends and members of the public from repulse bay’s sea view promenade.
It was a very exciting and fun experience. I made many new friends and had a wonderful time - Hannah C Yr7
The races featured three teams per school, with two schools in each race. The winner of each race was decided by totaling the points for all three finishers– lowest score winning, e.g. first + third + fifth beat second + fourth + sixth.
Not only do competitors have to focus on all the usual sailing challenges – wind direction, wind speed, boat handling and so on – but they are also required to assess the positioning of their teammates and, if necessary, take actions to slow down opposition boats and allow allies to overtake. Team racing is as much a tactical battle as it is a physical one, described by many as a game of speed chess on water.
Despite a couple of re-sails, match officials were able to pack in a staggering 78 races on the first day alone, not only ahead of schedule but also creating time for semi-finals and petit finals as well as the finals competition for divisional honours. At the end of the round robin element of the competition Kellett Students took first place in both A and B categories alongside ESF’s Island School leaving us in a very strong position and full of confidence for the semi-final stages still to come.
It was exciting and a very fun experience and I learned lots from it as I hadn't team raced before - Laura Q Yr7
The semi-final rounds increased the pressure on all students competing by introducing a knockout format to the stage, with the ‘best of three’ winners going into the finals. In the Pico division, HKSS dominated there race with a 3 - 0 win over Hong Kong Schools Sailing Association, whilst Kellett produced a fantastic resolute display to overcome ESF’s Island School 2 - 1.
I had a great time being in a brilliant team who worked together and co-operated well together - James F Yr9
The finals and petit-finals also featured a ‘best of three’ format, producing some of the best sailing seen all weekend and some nail-biting finishes that truly exemplified the quality of competition on display, the desire to win was truly emulated through each participant taking part in the competition.
Spectators were lucky enough to witness a truly exciting finale to the Pico division event that went right down to the wire. Fortunately all of Kelletts hard work paid off, with some excellent precision sailing the Team managed to secure a hard earned victory in the finals with a 2-1 win over HKSS (Hong Kong Sea School) to achieve first place in the Pico Sailing Division and gold medal winners overall. Perhaps most importantly, they demonstrated superb team spirit, encouraging each other when luck was not going their way and experiencing the joy of working together to succeed as a group, rather than just as individuals.
Whether you were sailing or supporting in the last few races, the feeling of joy was overwhelming as we won the final and our gold medals - Kala D Yr7.
|Overall Standings - Pico Division
1st Kellett School
2nd Hong Kong Sea School
3rd Island School
4th Hong Kong Schools Sailing Association
The Kellett School sailing team had a fantastic weekend of sailing, thank you to students and parents for your hard work and support over the last 2 days. Bring on the FOBISIA Sailing regatta in Pattaya, Thailand where they will face competition from schools throughout Asia. Ms Oliver