Mooloolaba Yacht Clubs Greg Torpy and sail training

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


There is no doubt about the personal passion which Mooloolaba Yacht Clubs Greg Torpy has shown to help our youth sailors to learn the ropes in the physically demanding sport of yacht racing.

He has the collective experience of representing Australia at the Olympics and the Americas Cup besides racing in all of Australia’s major offshore events which qualifies him to be an ideal mentor for our new generation blue water sailors.

As an ambitious young sailor he understood how tough it was to not only break down the barriers but to have access to the best possible knowledge.

Thankfully his personal determination and friendly attitude allowed Greg Torpy to realise the important highlight of racing at the Olympic level with Colin Beashel in 1988.

Greg Torpy has seen sail training make a quantum leap in recent times thanks to the programs introduced by Yachting Australia and the recently launched AUDI Sunshine Coast Young Guns training centre headed by Rob Lea’s Sailing Academy at the Mooloolaba marina.

As a parent he has shown a special interest in the career of his talented son Josh who has been exposed to some of the best ocean racing ‘brains in the sport’ as an apprentice sail-maker with the Mark Bradford and Vaughan Prentice managed North loft in Brisbane.

Meanwhile the father and son sailing team will line up to contest the open Queensland Farr 40 championship on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay with Kevin Miller’s recently purchased and renamed high performance sloop Keel Train.

Kevin Miller like Greg Torpy is no stranger to the sport having the career distinction of successfully battling against the tortuous elements of the 100 year storm in the Tasman Sea to finish 4th overall with Industrial Quest in the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart Race.

Miller a former Commodore of The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron has generously provided the fully optimised Farr 40 to become a hand’s on nautical ‘class room’ for the Squadron’s youth training program.

They had their first serious shake down during the XXXX Gold Queensland IOR Championship last month and are nominated to contest the open Queensland Farr 40 series against the best in the Nation over the tactically demanding waters east of Green and St Helena Islands on the 27th and 28th of this month.

The Keel Train crew headed by nominated skipper Greg Torpy will be exposed to again racing against Skreencraft /Lambourdini which set the pace to win the Queensland title and remains as the local favourite to win the resident trophy against an impressive fleet including 2011 World champion and 2012 World title Bronze Medallist Transfusion skippered by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis representing the proud sailing State of New South Wales.

Greg Torpy accepts that the young Keel Train crew will have their ‘backs to the wall’ but will emerge from this strict art form of one-design racing will valuable experience.

 By Ian Grant.     

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