Posted on 02 October 2016
Sailing in the Hobie 16 World Championships in the idyllic location of Dapeng in Southern China, our own world class sailor, Haylie Andrews (Year 12), with sailing friend Millie MacFarlane, finished fourth in the Women’s division of the 2016, 21st World Championships. A truly outstanding feat for the youngest all-female team in the Regatta which attracted the world’s top Hobie 16 sailors.
Competitors from the international teams competed in a series of round-robin qualifying races, sailing in a different boat for each race until the final 56 teams remained to battle it out for the title. The international entrants came from New Caledonia,
USA, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, France, China,Philippines, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark, Brazil, Fiji, Korea, Japan, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
Haylie competed in her division and then went on to represent Australia again when she sailed with her father, Rob, in the Open Division of the World Championship.
Together, they finished eighth in that division of the Regatta. Haylie learnt her skills sailing Optimist dinghies with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Over the years, she has represented Ormiston College sailing Pacer dinghies in the Brisbane Senior Schools Fleet Racing and Team Racing regattas. She also competed with Ormiston College in the
Queensland State Championship Teams. However, her love has always been with her catamarans. Haylie has plenty of stories and memories to share with her friends and family now that she has returned to school and is already planning her assault at the next World Championships to be held in France in 2018.