UNSW students win gold!

5 Oct 2016

The 8th World University Championships Sailing came to a stunning conclusion in Perth for the Australian team as they claimed gold and silver in the open men's event and gold in the women's event.

Held this year on Perth's iconic Swan River from 24-30 September, the World University Sailing Championships is the largest annual sailing event for university students in the world.

Australia took the top two positions on the podium in the Open Final with skipper Will Dargaville, from UNSW, and team winning gold.

In the Women's final, UNSW student Evelyn Foster was part of the team that defeated Bezel from Switzerland to secure gold and the title of World University Champion.

Photos: font PSP

William Dargaville, UNSW student and skipper of the winning team, describes the competition:

"In the open division there were 9 teams from 8 countries.

We were slightly behind from the start as many of the teams had arrived several days to train where as we only trained on the Sunday.

Throughout the qualifying stages we were working hard to make the semi finals and did not manage to beat the other Australian or Italian teams.

We qualified into the semi finals in third position and managed to defeat the Italian team 2-0 which gave us a spot in the finals against the other Australian team.

After some tight racing on the finals day we managed to beat the previously undefeated other Australian team 3-0 and win the 2016 World University Sailing Championships.

Big thanks to UNSW and the Elite Athlete Program for helping us get to this event.

The team for this event was:

William Dargaville - UNSW

James Farquharson - UNSW

Josh Dawson - UNSW

Klade Hauschidlt - UNSW

Murray Jones – UoN

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