CHAMPIONS: St Joseph’s took out the 2014 school team state championship in close racing in Adelaide at the weekend. The team was Paul Lands (team manager), Georgina Hughes, Marty Hood, Mark Barwick (captain), Jade Forbes, Lauren Henderson, Rose O’Donnell and Mark Forbes (coach).THE St Joseph’s School sailing team won the 2014 school team sailing state championship in Adelaide at the weekend.
The win is St Joseph’s second in a row and their 14th in the last 15 years.
St Joseph’s and Adelaide’s Immanuel College fought it out in some quality racing over the three days, with the overall points lead changing on multiple occasions.
The finals series was held on Saturday afternoon and St Joseph’s raced Immanuel in a best of three series for a spot in the grand final, which St Joseph’s won 2-1.
Immanuel raced Adelaide’s Westminster School straight after and won 2-1 to qualify for the grand final and race St Joseph’s again.
In the grand final, the racing was close and it once again came down to a deciding race three, with the beach on Port River filled with nervous spectators.
In what has been described as one of the closest finishes in state championship history, St Joseph’s came through with a win in the final race by the smallest of margins.
The finish was so close, the only way spectators knew St Joseph’s had won was when captain Mark Barwick crossed the finish line ahead of an Immanuel boat and fist pumped the air.
“There was less than a boat length in it,” Barwick said.
“After having a solid lead, losing it and then fighting back to win, we were quite relieved.”
The team was coached by Mark Forbes who had some big shoes to fill after last year’s coaches Andy Dyer and Phil Kelly stepped aside.
The team also lost Ash Dyer and Joe Kelly, who graduated last year, however with Marty Hood and Lauren Henderson filling the void as skippers, the team remained strong.
Barwick said it was not going to be easy replacing two of the best coaches and two of the best sailors in the country, but he thinks given the circumstances, they handled it pretty well.
“Mark (Forbes) did pretty well to get up to speed,” Barwick said.
“Marty and Lauren stepped up too.
“They’ve come up pretty well, and we should still have a good chance at nationals.”
St Joseph’s will be heading to Rose Bay, Sydney, in July to defend its national championship along with Immanuel College as the South Australian representatives.
The St Joseph’s second team also had a great regatta, finishing fourth in the round-robin qualifying format and gaining a place in the four-team finals series.
Unfortunately, the team went down to Westminster 0-2 in the elimination finals series and ended the regatta in fourth position.
The St Joseph’s third team also sailed well to finish eighth.
The third team fell behind two other teams on the same points through a countback but was only one win away from a potential finals berth.
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