Tide turns for juniors
JUNIOR sailors Aiden Gummow and Hamish Swain learned a valuable lesson about tides over the long weekend.
The 14 and 13-year-olds travelled south to compete in the 2015 Optimist State Championships at Mooloolaba.
Aiden's father Scott Gummow said the wind piped up, "which unfortunately meant they had to race in the Maroochy River rather than outside".
Racing was spread over two days with a total of eight races, or four per day.
Mr Gummow said at the end of day one Aiden was leading the regatta and Hamish was third.
But then the tide turned - literally.
"They really got done by the tide," Mr Gummow explained.
"The flow was quite strong being in a river and some of the locals knew which side of the course to sail."
In the end Aiden placed fourth while Hamish was fifth out of the 19-strong fleet.
Mr Gummow said all of the top six sailors were "very good" with only five points separating the place-getters from second to fifth.