Recently, Jacob Marks (Year 10) prevailed over a competitive fleet to win the 2022 Vaikobi NSW 29er Championship contested over two separate weekends on the waters at Lake Macquarie and Sydney Harbour.
With domestic and trans tasman school competition being negated since 2019, The Scots College Sailing staff looked for new boats and pathways to challenge the boys. The staff settled on the 29er class and began introducing the boys to skiff racing. Jacob put in countless hours upskilling himself in the boat and eventually teamed up with Ryan Ewings (from Engadine High School). Jacob and Ryan then put on a fantastic performance over the two separate weekends and sailed an incredibly consistent series to walk away with the win.
Over 40 boats competed in this regatta, showing that the 29er class is the pinnacle class for youth sailing in NSW. With majority of the helms in the fleet aged between 16 and 19, it is great to see Jacob win at just 15 years old.
The whole Scots Sailing community wish Jacob all the best as he prepares to compete in the 2022 European Championship hosted at the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen and the 2022 29er World Championships hosted in El Balis, Spain.
Image source: Mel Yeomans