Teenager sets the pace at national sailing regatta

TALENT: Makon Westdorp shows off his new Ronstan watch he won at the national Tasar sailing regatta.
TALENT: Makon Westdorp shows off his new Ronstan watch he won at the national Tasar sailing regatta.

The national Tasar sailing regatta was contested off Largs Bay earlier this month with a Port Pirie teenager being the youngest competitor there.

Almost 50 boats attended from around Australia to vie for the championship. 

Given that South Australia was the host, the Royal Port Pirie Yacht Club was able to provide four competitors which is the biggest number ever to venture from the club to a national regattta. 

The quality of the fleet was high and there were two international competitors coming from New Zealand and the United States.

Richard Mackinnon said his biggest thrill as Port Pirie’s commodore was that Makon Westdorp was able to participate as a crew at age 13 and was the youngest competitor there.

“Makon started learning to sail with us only last summer and was excited to participate in this event,” he said. 

Each day prizes were given by major sponsor Ronstan, not only to the winners but also to crews who came 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th in each race. 

Makon seemed to be up there most evenings and is pictured with his proud new sailing Ronstan watch. 

The regatta was won by a New South Wales couple from St George’s River Sailing Club and Chris Ramsey in Yak Yeti Yak was Port Pirie’s highest finisher coming in at 19th. 

“If anyone is interested in following Makon’s footsteps, we would love to see you at the club – details on our website or by calling me on 0409 362 110,” Dr Mackinnon said.

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