Hansa Class Nationals come to Goolwa

Jocelyn Neumueller racing at Goolwa
Louise Edwards
Hundreds of spectators, volunteers and sailors are expected to converge on Goolwa for the 2014 Dominant Australian HANSA Class National Championships at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club over Easter.

Classes sailed will be the Hansa 2.3 Single Person, 2.3 Single Person (Servo), 303 Single Person, 303 Two Person, Liberty and Liberty (Servo) divisions. South Australian residents are also eligible to win the South Australian 303 Two Person and Liberty titles. The President's Trophy for the most consistent sailor(s) across the season will also be awarded.

Racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon and Monday morning with results being announced Monday afternoon. More than 40 entries have been received with more expected to trickle in as the date for the event draws near.

Hansa Class yachts racing at Goolwa
Louise Edwards

Local sailor Jocelyn Neumueller, who learnt to sail with friends through a Learn to Sail course at Victor Harbor, won her class in the 2013 National Titles in Canberra and will be back to defend her title in the double handed 303 class. Jocelyn said competing at the National level 'is amazing' and 'the chance to compete against other sailors with so much talent is always fun'.

Features of the Hansa Classes include weighted keels to prevent capsize, self-tacking jib and at the seat a control centre which allows both sailors with a disability and able bodied sailors to compete against each other. The Liberty and 2.3 classes are single handed while the 303 class can be sailed either single or double handed.

Jocelyn said a highlight of the event would be 'being able to sail against everyone in the amazing waters at the GRYC. In these boats which are all one design, any error really affects the race, so get a good start is always crucial and helps.'

Jocelyn Neumueller racing at Goolwa
Louise Edwards

Sailability SA’s Vice President and GRYC’s Sailability Chairperson Brian Southcott said 'Whether you are afloat or on land, what is great about Goolwa is there is always a vantage point where you can watch the racing up-close, giving you a real sense of the excitement of the races'.

For more information, contact either the Regatta Secretary Deirdre Schahinga on sahobie@bigpond.net.au or HANSA Secretary Shauna Phillips on secretaryahca@gmail.com.
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