VICTORIA HARBOUR SCHOOL SAILING SERIES
2ND QUALIFYING ROUND RESULTS
LAST year's champions St Leonard's College will face some tough competition in the finals after some exceptional sailing in the second qualifying round of the Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series last weekend.
St Leonard's were the victors after two days of sailing, but were pushed harder than ever before by strong teams from Geelong Grammar, St Michael's Grammar and Haileybury College (A).
The second round of the series, proudly sponsored by Lend Lease's Victoria Harbour project and the City of Melbourne, was held on March 28 and 29 at Docklands.
Twelve schools sailed for the chance to compete in the state finals in May. The winners of that event will go on to compete in the Australian schools sailing team championships at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in July.
Warm weather brought family and friends to Docklands on both days, though the gentle conditions certainly tested the crews' sailing abilities.
Event organizer Mark Taylor said St Leonard's College showed some exceptional sailing, with the team being pushed harder thanks to some great sailing from its competitors.
``Geelong Grammar, St Michael's Grammar and Haileybury (A) were the big improvers from last year,'' Mr Taylor said.
``St Leonard's was certainly pushed harder than it has been historically.''
The results from last weekend's round were:
1. Leonard's College (A)
2. St Michael's Grammar School
3. Geelong Grammar School
4. Haileybury College
5. The Peninsula School (A)
6. The Peninsula School (B)
7. Blackburn High School
8. Firbank Grammar
9. The Woodleigh School
10. Xavier College
11. St Leonard's College (B
12. :Melbourne High School
Four schools through to the state finals are St Leonard's College (A), St Michael's Grammar School, Geelong Grammar School and the Peninsula School (A).
The Victorian Schools Team Sailing finals will be held at Docklands on May 16 and 17.
For more information please call Yachting Victoria's schools sailing co-ordinator John Middleton on 0411 453 127.
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