11 Mar 2020

Wednesday 11 March 2020

King's sailors stormed home to win the Harken National Secondary Schools Keelboat Championship on the weekend. 

Kings College Winners Shot HARKEN National Secondary Schools Keelboat Championship 2020 Image C Andrew Delves RNZYS


The keelboat sailing team of Hamish McLaren (Year 13, Greenbank)  (skipper), Oscar Little (Year 13, Major), Walter Coop (Year 11, Peart) and Sam Scott (Year 11, Peart) qualified with 4th place on Friday, but were were dominant on the final day with a 1st, 2nd, 1st and 1st. 

Skipper Hamish McLaren was thrilled to get the win.

“We were nice and relaxed out there today, full credit to the boys who worked really hard, we just stayed super calm and sailed really well as a team," he says.

"It feels cool to be national champions, we couldn’t be happier. A massive thank you to everyone at Kings who have helped us get here, to HARKEN, and to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for putting on such an awesome event.”

The team has gained automatic entry into the Yachting Developments New Zealand Match Racing Championship later this year at the RNZYS.