Local Drummoyne Sailing Club member Evie Haseldine who is a registered sailor at Drummoyne Sailing Club and Will Cooley have qualified to represent Australia at the next World Youth Sailing World Youth Championships, to be held at Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, from 14 to 21 July 2018. They also qualified Australia for the 2018 Youth Olympic Gamess in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October, 2018.
Will and Evie are racesailing in thea Nacra 15, a high-performance multihull pathway boat to the bigger foiling Nacra 17 Olympic class boat. For youth and world sailing events, the Nacra 15 is a compulsory mixed male/female combination, representing the future direction of a more inclusive Olympics and high action X-Games style format.
To qualify for both these Youth World’s and Youth Olympic events, Will and Evie first won the Nacra 15 Australian Championship sailed out ofat Humpybong Yacht club Queensland in early January. Going into the last day, Will and Evie held a slim two-point lead over second place in the 16 boat fleet, which included two boats from Singapore and another from China. Sailing the last 3 races conservatively, they finished on equal points with the Queensland team. The Australian title was then decided on a points count back.
Two days later, the Australian Youth Sailing Championship, and the Oceania & Asia Youth Olympic Games Qualifier got into full swing at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Over 4 days of racing wind ranged from 5-25 knots. On the final day Will and Evie held a 4 points lead over former Youth Sailing World Champion Tom Crockett, achieving a 2nd, 1st, 1st to win the regatta by 16 points and confirm their spot in the Australian Sailing Youth Team, and qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.
Will has previously sailed Sabots, Optimists and Lasers. At the age of 13 he representeding Australia at the World Optimist World Championships, Portugal in 2016; and placing 1st U16 at the Laser 4.7 Australian Championship in 2017..
Evie started sailing at Drummoyne in ??? Sabots at the age of six before joining Will in the Nacra late last year. She has competed in her much loved Sabot, and Flying 11’s, 29er’s and Cherubs at national level.
The Nacra 15 has been a huge learning curve and provided the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s best known sailors including Adam Beashel, Paul Darmanin, Jason Waterhouse, Mike Fletcher and Darren Bundock.
The journey will continue as Will and Evie prepare for the Nacra 15 World Championship to be sailed off Barcelona, Spain in April. There will be regattas and training camps in Australia ahead of the Youth Worlds in Texas, USA, and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A busy year ahead.
You can follow their sailing journey by liking their Facebook page Cooley & Haseldine Sailing.