by Nicole Mayne
The Australian Maritime College (AMC) is proud to announce its naming rights sponsorship of a team of six young Tasmanian sailors when they represent Australia at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Team Racing Championships in Ireland this August.
Tasmanian Teams Racing members for Worlds
The team competing at the world championships includes second-year AMC Naval Architecture student Rohan Langford, Elliott Noye, Christopher Jones, Amelia Catt, Lucy Shephard and Anna Vaughan.
They are all members of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and will pit their skills against 18 teams from around the world. Their selection follows on from success at the Australian Open Teams Racing Championship in Sydney in May.
Team racing is a specialised part of the sport of sailing, combining a high level of sailing ability, tactics, knowledge of the rules and teamwork.
'Team racing is similar to match racing, where two teams using three identical boats race against each other,' Rohan said.
'The races are about six to 10 minutes in duration and umpired on the water where the action is fast and frenetic. Several fleets sail at once using distinctively coloured sails and hulls to identify the teams. It is not uncommon for 100 races a day to be completed.'
Rohan and his team mates have a wealth of experience in top level racing at both national and international levels, and if successful will be the first Australian team to win the ISAF World Team Racing Championship.
In addition to the hours he spends training on the water, Rohan plans to pursue a career designing boats upon completion of his maritime engineering degree.
'On behalf of the team I’d like to thank our sponsor the Australian Maritime College for their support, which helps us out with the travel and accommodation expenses associated with competing at the titles,' Rohan said.
The ISAF World Team Racing Championships will be held in Schull, Ireland, from 27 August – 4 September.
ISAF World Team Racing Championships website