Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Jessica Watson inspires local students

by Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media on 10 Aug 2012
Familiar territory for Jessica Watson today, sailing onboard an S&S 34 Constellation Teri Dodds © http://www.teridodds.com
Jessica Watson, the official sailing ambassador for Queensland, arrived in the Whitsundays on Wednesday to compete in Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week. The race week is part of Tourism Queensland’s Season of Sailing campaign which promotes the key sailing events along Queensland’s coast.

She has already inspired over 900 local students with tales of her solo voyage around the world and given one huge fan the opportunity for a private sailing lesson.


Jessica gave an inspirational talk to Year 8 – Year 12 students at Proserpine State High School and spoke about goals and challenges including the disastrous start to her solo voyage when she hit a ship on the first night of a sea trial. Jessica said, 'that terrible experience on the first day was actually good for me and made me much stronger'. Jessica was invited to the school to talk to the students about what can be achieved if you set clear goals and put in the hard yards.

Proserpine State High School Guidance Counsellor Sharon Rudinski said 'when I heard Jessica was coming for Airlie Beach Race Week I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity if she could address the students at the start of our Career Expo week.'

Last night at the opening of Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week Jessica also drew the lucky winner from the 'Win a Private Sailing lesson with Jessica' competition. The winning entry was 10 year old Hamish Swain, a member of the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the current under 10 Australian Optimist Sailing Champion and the current 10 year old Queensland State Optimist Champion.

Hamish was enthralled watching Jessica Watson on TV after her return from her solo voyage and is not only inspired by Jessica to sail solo around the world but wants to be the best sailor in the world. He has been following the Australian Olympic sailing team avidly and was desperate to win the competition with Jessica.

When his mother Ali Swain called to tell him he had won he screamed, 'are you for real!' Yes she is and Hamish will get his very own private lesson with Jessica at 4pm on Monday 13 August at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Jess will also be available from 3pm to have a chat with the local community and talk about her sailing experiences.

For more information go to whitsundaysailingclub.com.au, airliebeachraceweek.com.au or queensland.com/sailing.
X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2navathome 660x82Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted today at 9:55 pm
Special because there are to be no specials
Special because there are to be no specials There can be no doubt that Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has become what it is today, at least in a volume sense, because of all the cruising boats attending. The brand that has arguably tapped that along the most has been Beneteau. In some years, not too long ago at all, the French brand amounted to almost 50% of the fleet!
Posted on 22 Aug
Special because there are to be no specials
Special because there are to be no specials There can be no doubt that Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has become what it is today, at least in a volume sense, because of all the cruising boats attending. The brand that has arguably tapped that along the most has been Beneteau. In some years, not too long ago at all, the French brand amounted to almost 50% of the fleet!
Posted on 21 Aug
Rio 2016- Wacky winds on Monday and a bumper schedule on Tuesday
A tremendous squall struck the 49er fleet out on the Copacabana course on day 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. A tremendous squall struck the 49er fleet out on the Copacabana course on day 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. 2012 Olympic Gold medallist in the 49er, Nathan Outteridge described what happened.
Posted on 16 Aug
Spectacular as it is amazing
Well that pretty much sums up the next round of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from August 20, 2016. Well that pretty much sums up the next round of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from August 20, 2016. The spectacular result of a record 252 boats sailing around in the amazing location of the Whitsunday Islands only needs this said – ‘Good Luck’ to all and ‘Well Done’ for making the commitment to get there and be part of it.
Posted on 15 Aug
Spectacular as it is amazing
Well that pretty much sums up the next round of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from August 20, 2016. Well that pretty much sums up the next round of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from August 20, 2016. The spectacular result of a record 252 boats sailing around in the amazing location of the Whitsunday Islands only needs this said – ‘Good Luck’ to all and ‘Well Done’ for making the commitment to get there and be part of it.
Posted on 14 Aug
Rio 2016 sailing comes alive on 'Brutal Thursday'
In what has become known as 'Brutal Thursday', the Finns and 470s raced on the ocean course areas in huge waves. In what has become known as 'Brutal Thursday', the Finns and 470s raced on the Copacabana and Niterói ocean course areas, outside of Guanabara Bay in huge waves. Is was deemed that the Nacra 17s would have found the conditions too difficult to sail in so they were moved to the Ponte course near the bridge across the Bay.
Posted on 12 Aug
Younglings
I wanted to make sure that the efforts of Tom Crockett and Harry Morton got as much attention as I could muster. Right. Straight into it and I am not out to be Yoda. Maybe more like Mel Brooks’ version. Yet with all the goings on, even more so that Rio has now begun, I wanted to make sure that the efforts of Tom Crockett and Harry Morton got as much attention as I could muster.
Posted on 8 Aug
Younglings
I wanted to make sure that the efforts of Tom Crockett and Harry Morton got as much attention as I could muster. Right. Straight into it and I am not out to be Yoda. Maybe more like Mel Brooks’ version. Yet with all the goings on, even more so that Rio has now begun, I wanted to make sure that the efforts of Tom Crockett and Harry Morton got as much attention as I could muster.
Posted on 7 Aug
So cool it makes black look daggy…
Last week it was all about warming up. Now it is very cool, both on the mercury and tech meters. Last week it was all about warming up. Now it is very cool, both on the mercury and tech meters. Yes, the super-cool nights in Sydney were brightened a lot by the gleamingly sunny days, but you’d have to think that the coolest bit of kit going around at the Sydney International Boat Show was the Garmin gear that Jason Browne and his team had on display.
Posted on 1 Aug