by Oliver Burnell

In the lead up to the 2016 Yachting Tasmania Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony, a previous award winner will be interviewed and featured each week.

Week three features former Yachting Tasmania Exectutive Officer Greg Rowlings, 2015 Yachting Personality of the Year.
Greg made himself well known to the majority of club committee members in all corners of the state and to an enormous number of sailors through his work training instructors around the state. Greg also gives up a lot of his time to be involved in the regular sailing segment on ABC radio early on Saturday mornings.

Greg Rowlings
CLUB: Sandy Bay Sailing Club
CLASS: SB20 and Offshore Yachts

1. What sailing have you been involved in this year ?

Hutchins Sailing program - We have been busy with the creation of the Hutchins School Sailing Academy. We run sailing programs from Grade 3/4 to year 12. Over the past twelve months we have seen the school win the National Schools Team Racing Championships as well as place in the Australian Schools Match Racing Championships (2nd and 3rd overall). The school has recently purchased a couple of SB 20’s to develop our keelboat program for 2017.
J24 – After 6 years of owning Another Toy, we decided to sell the girl after last season. We had many fun times on this boat and it sad to see her go!!
Farr 30 – I was trimmer on Matt Denholm’s Farr 30 Cleopatra that took out the Crown Series Div 1 series in both PHS and AMS.
SB20 – I have just purchased an SB20…we have called her “Piste” (Co-owner Paul Einoder’s other boat is call Off-Piste (we are both mad skiers!). Our first two outings have been very humbling…hope to get amongst it more over summer.
Sandy Bay Tackers – I have been coordinating Tackers at Sandy bay for the last three season. Last year we placed just under 160 children and 20 adults through our programs. This foundation platform will pay dividends in years to come for our youth sailors!
L2H – I was foruntate to be the navigator on the winning boat “Off-Piste” in this race. After 20 years of offshore racing, it was great to have notched up my first handicap win! Even better to share it with a few mates who came along for the ride!!

2. You can be heard on the ABC radio every Saturday morning during the summer talking about sailing, what does this involve and will this continue next season?

I started doing the ABC gig as part of my development officer role when at YT. 4yrs later, I still get up early Saturday morning, drive to the studio and sit with Chris Wisbey and discuss sailing in our great state! Because our sport caters for a variety of people, we try to capture what is happening around to clubs!! As for next season…..why not!!

3. What do you do outside sailing?

I’m a H/PE teacher at The Hutchins School as well as the “Teacher-in-Charge” of all of the school’s sailing programs. Outside of sailing, I am a mad skier and you can find me planning my next trip away!! My wife and I are avid bushwalkers, we try to hike to a much as my timetable will allow! Most people will know that I love a drop of red, a dram of whisky and enjoy sampling the epicurean delights that Tassie has on offer! I like to travel to far flung places…so you will see my head in a book researching the “next trip”.

4. Best part about sailing in Tasmania and in particular the Derwent River.

I love sailing up and down the east coast of Tasmania…..it’s such a beautiful coastline. When ocean racing, you sometimes don’t see the coast, but last year’s L2H, we were no more than 3 miles off the coast at all times!! I haven’t done a lot of cruising, but I am sure that will come over time!! The Derwent is a strange beast….you never know what to expect….but needless to say, I love the fact that I can be at the yacht club within 5mins of home/work (never happened in my 10yrs in Melbourne!). I look forward to the next 12 month of sailing with my new boat and the challenges that it brings!!

5. Best sailing moment from the last 12 months?

Has to be winning the Launceston to Hobart Race on handicap in the AMS and IRC divisions as well as taking the series win in AMS and PHD. To have my good mate Jamie Lawrence on board for this race just topped it off!! This just edged out being the manager of the Hutchins team that won the National School Team Racing title from 13th place!!!

Thankyou to Greg for giving up his time.


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