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Jan Newland says she “grew up on boats" in a yachting family, and as a child had a small boat that she loved to sail on her own whenever she had the opportunity to.
It's a passion and hobby that she has carried through childhood and into her adult life.
She is the proud owner of a Yngling - a small racing keel boat. Her love for these unique boats came from Mosman Olympian Karyn Gojnich, who has also been sailing since the age of eight and has competed in many local, state, national and international events.
"My father Graham Newland was a founding member of Middle Harbour Yacht Club and quite famous in the racing circuit in the early 50s and through to the 1970s," Ms Newland tells North Shore Living.
He twice won the Sydney to Hobart In a boat he had built himself and he raced all over the world, including as a navigator and tactician in the America's Cup. After raising a family, I got back into sailing about 10 years ago and I was asked to sail a Yngling - I have never looked back, they are such great boats.”
Ms Gojnich has carved out an impressive sailing career, competing in the Australian Olympic Sailing team in 1988. 2004 and 2008.
In 2008, she was also crowned the Yngling Australian Women's World Chamnion and was Australian National Champion in 2012 and again in 2014.
“I am currently a member of the Yachting Australia board of the National Spoiling Organisation, and also a member of various other organisations, including children's Learn to Sail and Learn to Race programs.” “she tells Noah Shore Lying Ms Newland is featured on Mosman Council's sporting wall of fame for her achievements.
She says the small boats sail beautifully.
“ They have a well balanced rig and respond so well to the crew shifting their weight, and I like how they are manageable for a three women crew.” she explains.
The avid sailor also stresses that the sports for everyone.
“People have a perception that sailing is expensive - but the Yngling is not at all,“it's very affordable. We want to say. “Try sailing a Yngling - its so much fun and it’s not a bank buster,”the avid sailor says.