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Sailing – Team Racing

Nutgrove Team Racing Series

As well as sailing at Austin’s Ferry,  the college offers the opportunity for students to race competitively at Sandy Bay Sailing Club as part of the Nutgrove Team Racing Series.  St Virgil’s has traditionally been strong in the series, winning the Secondary school State titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Team racing consists of two teams, each with three identical boats.  Each boat includes a helm and a crew.

Each boat sails a short triangular course, completing a minimum of 2 laps. Races last approximately 8 – 10 mins. The Nutgrove Series events include three races within hour an hour – conditions permitting.

First place earns 1 point,  with 2nd taking 2 pts and vice versa.  The team whose places add up to 10 points or less are deemed winners.

A Grade Team racers have intuitive boat handling skills,  a thorough knowledge of the rules of Team Racing and the ability to create situations, within those rules to disadvantage the other team.  Unfortunately, the other team is trying to do the same.  It can be an exciting spectator sport for those who have some knowledge of the rules and tactics.  And what can be exciting for one group can be grief causing for others.

Recent shots of SVC in action are here.

Information and an explanation of Team Racing is here.

Who Can Sail?

Experienced helms can helm in competitive racing, with A, B or C level experience as a minimum prerequisite.

Newcomers who demonstrate ability and application in Austin’s Ferry sessions have the opportunity to crew in B or C Division, with sailors who showcase talent and expertise can be selected to crew in division A.

Where and When

Sandy Bay Sailing Club – Long Point Rd, Sandy Bay.

Nutgrove Series Racing begins on Tuesday the February 20, with the season lasting 6 weeks and concluding on Tuesday March 27.

Rosters are dependant on division, see blow for which days each grade races.

  • B Div sails Tuesday.
  • A Div sails Wednesday.
  • C Div sails Tues or Wed.

 Start times for races change depending on weather conditions. Races can start any time between 4.20 pm and 6.45 pm.


All Term 1 sailing will incur a cost of $60, this includes both the Nutgrove Series and/or Austins Ferry sessions. This fee covers boat maintenance, official costs and


Rain does not stop sailing – wind will.

If Strong or Gale Force winds are forecast for the Derwent Estuary sailing will most likely be cancelled.

Cancellations are made before students leave school so that they can catch their usual bus home.

We encourage parents and boys to have PLAN B in place for getting home in the event of a cancellation.

Although rostered times are when the starter gives the signal, the race has actually started two mins before then. Boys will need to be present at least 15-20 minutes before scheduled start time. Early arrival ensures that boys have time to change, be ready to receive the boats from previous racing teams and give them a quick check before sailing out to the Start.


A College mini bus will be arranged to get the boys down for a 4:15 pm start.

A College Metro bus goes past Long Point Rd and other boys with a later start can travel on that.

Parents are responsible for the collection of their sons after the events.

Associated matters:

  • Sandy Bay Rd and the City traffic can be slow between 4:30pm – 6pm.  You are asked to take that into accountant when planning your   trip.

  • Please ensure when boys are leaving the race that they check out with Brother Peter or your respective Team Manager.

Team Racing video links:

Queensland Titles: Tactics One & Tactics Two