Budding Yachtsmen
Two budding yachtsmen have their eye on the podium on the eve of their six-week campaign for Europe.

Cambridge High School’s Micah Wilkinson, 17, leaves our shores this week with his Tamahere sailing partner, Isaac McHardie, 15.

The duo will compete at the SL16 Open Worlds in Pyla, France, the Youth Worlds in Limassol, Cyprus, and the 29er Worlds in Aarhus, Denmark.

Micah said their first stop at the Open Worlds in France would act as their training regatta before they go to  Cyprus to meet up with the rest of the New Zealand youth sailing team. The team of nine will compete in four different classes of boat with Micah and Isaac sailing in the SL16 catamaran division.

‘‘Our biggest challenge will be getting to grips with the SL16 catamaran, as none of this class of boat exists in New Zealand,’’ Micah said. 

Since qualifying for the Youth Worlds in February, the boys have been hitting Auckland Harbour five hours a day, four days a week training.

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Isaac said winning a medal at Youth Worlds was the aim.‘‘Coming top three at Cyprus would be awesome. We want to do the best we can. We’ve prepared the best we can.’’

Micah said his mother got him into sailing at the age of 6 at the Karapiro Yacht Club and he has been sailing ever since.  ‘‘I love sailing because it combines the ability to sail your boat as fast as possible while having to out-think and out-sail the boats around you.  ‘‘I also love the travelling involved, both around the country and overseas.’’

Isaac said he started sailing at the age of 10, encouraged by his mother and grandfather, who both sailed themselves.  ‘‘I met Micah in my second year sailing; he was pretty much my biggest competition.’’Isaac has big goals. ‘‘I would like to go to the Olympics. Rio’s a big goal for me, Youth America’s Cup, the America’s Cup, and the Olympics.’’

(Article by Cambridge Edition)


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