Hillarys Yacht Club’s inaugural Sail Easter coaching regatta receives Olympic boost

Belinda Stowell. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Belinda Stowell. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images

HILLARYS Yacht Club’s inaugural Sail Easter coaching regatta this weekend has received an Olympic boost.

Former 420 gold medallist and WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) head sailing coach Belinda Stowell will coach at the regatta, which takes place from tomorrow to Sunday.

WAIS coach Ryan Palk will join Stowell as well as members of the WAIS team at the regatta training, which starts 1pm on Good Friday.

There will also be will be members of the Open Bic Worlds team which is for New Zealand this year.

Highlighting the girl power team at Hillarys will be WA’s top ranked under-13 Bic sailor and world under-13 champion, Jenna Everett, along with Drina Bucktin and Annabelle Jones.

Registrations for the regatta have topped the 50 mark with Laser, Optimist, Tasar, Bic 29er, Mirror and national 125s readying to make the most of the semi-protected waters off Hillarys marina.

Club commodore Neil Harrison said that Hillarys was delighted that Stowell and Palk had agreed to coach at the regatta and with the strong response to event entries.

“Having these two sailing champions and the WAIS team at the regatta is great news and thus a fantastic opportunity for dinghy sailors to get proven top-shelf advice while also sailing in a pristine ocean environment,” he said.

Racing is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday mornings with presentations on Sunday afternoon.

“We have a good complement of 4.7, radial and standard lasers as well as the three Optimist classes and therefore expect some solid competition on the water,” Harrison said.

Coaching and racing will take place on the north and south sides of Hillarys marina to give competitors the greatest breadth of sailing conditions and experiences.

Visit www.hillarysyachtclub.com.au for more information.

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