Scott Inglis: Sailing
D/O/B: 29th of July 1997
Main Sport: Sailing
Well I am a sailor from the Lake Taupo Yacht Club and have been privileged enough to be a part of the scholarship team, Team Taupo for what is now my 2nd year. I have sailed in many parts of the world representing New Zealand in Singapore, Japan, Noumea and soon to be Mexico. I began sailing six years ago with the Taupo Yacht Club Learn to Sail programme.
This year I have been doing a mixture of both Optimist sailing and Secondary Schools Teams Sailing where I represent my school Taupo Nui A Tia. My main focus has been the Optimist class as it is my final year in the boat. These school holidays just been, I did the National Championships for both Optimist and the 420 School Teams Sailing.
First off was the Optimist National Championships in New Plymouth. These were my 6th and final Nationals in this boat. Coming into this nationals I was ranked 10th and because of having three bad races out of fourteen, I didn’t have a very good nationals even though the rest were good I came out of the nationals with a ranking of 17th (out of 183). BUT and remember I said soon to be Mexico? Well I made the North American Optimist Championships in Valle de Bravo which is a lake in Mexico. This regatta is in October later on in the year. I am very happy about this and am hoping to do well at this regatta.
After my rollercoaster of a Nationals I went straight to the next Nationals in Algies Bay, which is past Auckland. This was for the Secondary Schools Teams Sailing Nationals were I was part of the Taupo Nui a Tia college team. We had ups and downs in this regatta also and in the end we finished 5th equal with two other teams but only the top six teams could go into the finals and we got 7th on count back. This is still a good result and we finished on a great note. Beating Keri Keri which won last year and defended their title this year and also we were the only team to beat Tauranga boys in the last round robin.
Cheers for reading this and I hope to keep in touch,
Just a quick update from me.
Well I havent been sailing very much this winter as it is very cold so instead I have been going to the AC Baths gym, thanks to the scholorship programme.
With my training for the North American Champs about to start I decided to go for a short 'warm up' sail on the lake. Well, it was anything but warm. But after my toes thawed out (which probably took an hour) I was quite happy. I felt really good in my boat and I felt like I was going fast as I raced against one of my training partners from the yacht club, Daniel Wilks. Although it wasnt a long sail, it was still time on the water which will help me.
Thanks for your continuous support,
Sorry for the late email but I have had a VERY busy holidays. Out of the whole holidays I think I slept in my own bed twice!
It started with my 6th and final Optimist National Championships. These were in New Plymouth. There were 14 races and 109 competitors in the open fleet. I had good solid results until the last two days in which I had a bad race at the end of each day. Unfortunately I could only drop one of these races so my overall placing was lowered because of the very last race which was highly frustrating! That also affected my overall ranking. I went into nationals ranked 10th and came out 17th which I was quite disappointed about. But I have news! I have made the North American Championships in Mexico!!! This competion is on a lake in the town of Valle de Bravo and it is in October this year.
Also in the holidays I was part of the Taupo-Nui-a-Tia secondary schools 420 teams racing team and competed in the nationals in Algies Bay. Our team had our ups and downs but managed to stay in the gold fleet. Sadly we didn't make the finals which is the top six schools but we did finish on a high note. In our last two races we beat both Kerikeri (who won nationals last year and went on to win again this year) and also Tauranga Boys (we were the only team in the gold fleet to beat them). this was an improvment to last year where we were in the top end of silver fleet and somewhere around 13th overall to being tied with 5th and finishing 7th overall on countback.
Thanks again for your wonderful support,