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Resident aims for world sailing title

Chris Eddes

Third-year resident Chris Eddes this year became a national sailing champion, but he is not resting on his laurels – he has his sights set on a world title.

When Chris came to Warrane from Canberra almost three years ago he had already been a youth national champion for three consecutive years, but this year he managed to take out his first open title.

Fighting off stiff competition from all over the country he took line honours in the 2012 Spiral Nationals at Teralba Sailing Club, Lake Macquarie.

Chris, a former student at Marist College in Canberra, said he was introduced to sailing at a young age when he joined the “sea scouts” in the nation’s capital.

“My dad, who was in the navy, was stationed there and he had always been a keen sailor,” he said. “I started out competing in the Spiral class and found I really enjoyed it.”

After completing his school studies and moving to Warrane he had a hard time finding somewhere to continue his training program, but he finally settled on Wollahra Sailing Club, at Connell’s Point, where he now spends around six to 10 hours training each week.

Apart from his success with Spiral class boats, Chris has also started racing in the NS14 class. Competing in the national championships for the first time this year against senior sailors with up to 30 years experience, he managed to finish in 6th place.

“I consider that a very good result,” he said, “given the experience of the other competitors. But my long-term goal is to move into the Moth class and then to aim for a world championship.”

The main thing preventing him from moving into this class at the moment is the purchase price of a boat. They sell for around $25,000 – a tall order for a full-time student.

In the meantime Chris says he is enjoying college life and looking forward to completing his Medical Science degree this year and moving into Post Graduate Medicine next year.

“With my grades so far I am hopeful of getting in without too much trouble,” he said.