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Sailing sessions
Queenstown families and youngsters are being invited to learn to sail with the Wakatipu Yacht Club. The club is holding classes on Sunday from 10am at the club’s Kelvin Heights base, below the golf course. Classes will be held weekly for the rest of the school term. Wetsuits, lifejackets, warm clothes, hat and sunscreen are essentials. 

Fundraising run
Locals looking for an outdoor excursion are encouraged to enter the Queenstown Hill Challenge this Saturday. The event is a popular annual fundraiser for Wakatipu High’s important Branches Camp for Year 10 students. This year there are two choices – a 5km easy walk or run around Lake Johnson or a 13km challenging run or walk up Queenstown Hill. Both legs start and finish at Tucker Beach, signposted from the turnoff to Quail Rise. Entry – $10 for youth and $20 for adults for the short course and $15/$25 for the longer course – can be completed on the day. Registration is also at Wakatipu High and Frontrunner. 

Rowers continue success
Wakatipu Rowing Club numbers are surging this season. Nineteen girls and 16 boys competed at the Aoraki regatta at Twizel last weekend. Winning crews included the open girls and under-16 quad of Georgia Bewley, Monique Lynes, Jordan Murphy, Jacqui Bell and cox Lucy Dixon and novice boys quad of Dylan Davy, Jordan Woodhouse, Richie McLaughlan, Angus Reid and cox Ben Wales. The club also recorded seven first places in the 17km Cromwell to Clyde race the weekend before. 

Fancy footwork
Promising young Queenstown footballers Zayn Officer, Will McIntyre and Jake Johnson have been named in the preliminary squad for Otago United Youth. The teenagers have been chosen from trials and will join a 23-strong squad to play in the National Youth League season, which runs from January to March next year. 

Get your motors running
Mean machines will take on the Coronet Peak Hill Climb this Saturday. The 2.7km sealed road time trial run by Queens­town Car Club incorporates a qualifying round of the Motorsport NZ Hill Climb Championships this year. Course clerk Tony Adamson says: “They’ll be about 50 cars – ranging from old Triumph 2.5s to modern 4WD turbo Evos.” The Coronet Peak Road trail, one of the best known hill climbs in New Zealand, gets underway after a drivers’ briefing at 9.30am. 

Five-wicket bag in vain
The Queens­town senior men’s cricket side lost their season opener last weekend despite excellent bowling by Dipan Tandel. Tandel took 5 for 19 from five overs to help roll Blacks Hill for 134 in a Vincent Cricket Association Twenty/20 game in Cromwell. Queenstown folded for just 90 runs in reply. The team did however beat Dunstan by default.