FIRST LADY: Katie Tingle with Aochi Dibbin, Tessa Munster and Bonnie Syme.
FIRST LADY: Katie Tingle with Aochi Dibbin, Tessa Munster and Bonnie Syme.

Top Irish coaches bring skills to Whitsundays

IRISH sailors Katie Tingle and David White dropped into the Whitsunday Sailing Club last weekend thanks to some behind the scenes wrangling by Optimist dingy parents Ali Swain and Scott Gummow.

White, who has coached the Victorian Optimist team for the last three years, provided a weekend of coaching to local Optimist sailors Hamish Swain and Aidan Gummow, both of whom will travel to Mooloolaba to compete in the Queensland State Titles next weekend.

Meanwhile Tingle, who has won the Irish Optimist Championships and been first girl on four occasions, coached the Off Beach Green Fleet A group, much to their benefit and delight.

Tingle, who is also a top sailor in the 420 dingy class, gave tips at the start line and during the four races where the competition was keen.

In these races Tessa Munster and Aochi Dibbin each won two heats.

In the senior division Luke Mairs won round 7 of the Winter Series with Dennis Winstanley second on his one design windsurfer and Cam Brown and Ned Sleight third in a Tasar. Next weekend the off beach group will travel to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands to compete in the annual Tinaroo Sailing Club Regatta.

As a result there will be no organised off beach sailing or racing on Pioneer Bay.


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