GLIDING across the water, the sun on their face, the wind in their hair and their arms getting a workout is where two St Stephen’s School brothers feel most at home.
From December 27 to January 3, Matthew (12) and Jack (14) Hanrahan of Greenwood, will be sailing between Arthurs Seat and Mount Martha in Melbourne during the World O’pen Cup 2015.
Matthew will be racing on Thunderstruck in the under-14s division and Jack on River Rat 2 in the under-16s.
The Perth Dinghy Sailing Club members said they were excited about the competition.
“I like the speed and being out on the water and you have all your mates around you to support you,” Matthew said.
“I want to get at least top 30 or top 20; I’d love to win but there’s a lot of people over there that have been training 24/7.”
Jack added it was about being out on the water and having fun. “We have sailed in the ocean, which is different to what we are used to, and when we go to Melbourne there will be a lot more waves,” he said.
“I’m really just looking forward to the experience of competing.”
Sailing is a family affair for the Greenwood residents.
Russell Hanrahan, who has been sailing most of his life, said he was proud of his sons.
“They are really enjoying it, they are having a ball so where they finish is where they finish; it’s about having fun and participating,” he said.“It’s also a great way to make friendships that last a lifetime.”