What is Schools Teams Racing?
Secondary School Team Racing in Tasmania is a set sailing events held at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club, the Southern Schools roster and the State Championships. Teams consist of three boats each, and two teams compete against each other in races lasting approximately ten minutes.
During the regatta or series, all teams race against each other, accumulating points. The ultimate goal is to be the team with the most race/round wins and be crowned the winner. In larger regattas, the top two teams may engage in up to five races together in a finals round to determine the ultimate champion.
Participating in team racing requires a solid understanding of sailing rules and exceptional boat-handling skills. It is an engaging and competitive experience for young sailors.
In Tasmania, around 10 Southern schools participate, contributing up to 20 teams and around 150 students. The inter-school series runs in both terms 1 & 4 on a Wednesday afternoon. The season’s pinnacle is the state championship, where all the teams converge.
The top-performing teams at the state championship earn the honour of representing Tasmania at the National competition. Additionally, they may have the opportunity to compete at the Interdominion, an annual regatta that pits Australia against New Zealand in an exciting sailing showdown.