Dinghy racer Johnson now ocean racing convert
By Tracey Johnstone
13 March 2019
YOUTH dinghy sailor tuned keelboat racer Sarah Johnson has had her first taste of ocean racing and she is hooked.
The Mooloolaba Yacht Club member competed in last weekend’s Bass Strait dash from Melbourne to King Island on the Melbourne yacht Faster Forward.
“It was amazing," Johnson, 19, said. "I'm addicted. I would love to do more. I want to do the Sydney to Hobart this year, or next."
Beside her was fellow club member and regular Faster Forward crew member Karen Young.
“Sarah’s fresh-faced enthusiasm was a great addition to the team,” Young said. “Her trimming skills were put to work throughout the race. She did a great job and luckily Bass Strait was pretty kind to her for her first time across. Sarah says she will definitely be back.”
It's a big step up in Sarah’s sailing career. There’s a lot of difference between her current small boat racing and going offshore. "I learnt a lot about jib trimming and also about how important it is to rest so you can actually function properly," Johnson said. "It's a completely different game when you have to race on the same boat you’re sleeping on."
Faster Forward placed 13th in Division 2.
Sailing with young Sarah was an uplifting experience and a whole new sailing language
The Cunningham is now called Cunnoh and Unleash the Bronco is push the bow down and go fast. Bottom Mark rounding the “Jenny Graig” come in Fat and come out Skinny and the Top Mark is the “KFC” come in skinny and out fat.
So all you Ocean Sailors out there find yourself a talented trained young person like Sarah they make a great addition to an Ocean crew-Simon
Johnson is back on the water this weekend in Sydney with the MYC Women’s Sailing Squad. The team of helm Tanya Kelly with crew Danielle Kennedy, Del Morrison, Eloise Jessett, Kristy Lee, Kerry Teed and Johnson are contesting the Manly Yacht Club's 24th annual Helly Hansen Women's Challenge.
This is the first of many events that the women’s squad will contest during 2019.
Sarah enjoying her first beer in King Island with the crew of Faster Forward