Over the past week Yachting Victoria in conjunction with McCrae Yacht Club have run a very successful three day coaching camp, followed by two days of racing. A special thanks to all involved at YV and McCYC. Also to the two Laser specialist coaches in Ben and Aidan, who not only coached for the clinics but also looked after the sailors throughout the regatta, with morning briefings and on water support. Thanks to the class coaching program we were able to provide this support to you at no cost.
A total of 54 Lasers entered the Championships which is reportedly one of the largest junior and youth Laser fleets ever in Victoria. What is most pleasing is that in the 4.7’s there are 12 girls competing and if you look at the results, there was a mini regatta amongst the girls, with only points separating them.
A total of 6 races were completed over the two days of racing. It was definitely not a point and go sailing event, with multiple shifts all over the course and a strong tide that changed, flowing mainly across the course, that needed to be contended with. Congratulations to all the sailors, for not only your attendance, but for the sportsmanship shown on and off the water. There were times when 10 boats could be seen approaching a mark, but everyone got through, with a minimum of fuss. Given the fluctuating SE breezes and strong cross tide you have all have mastered a extremely difficult race track.
The Radial fleet consisted of some recent additions to this rig setup, however Ben Hartnett showed his transom to the fleet with 4 race wins to take out 1st overall. Will Fox with one race win took out 2nd place, followed by Hamish Wiltshire. However being a Victorian regatta Rhett Gowans took out the 3rd spot. There is literally only points splitting the top 4 sailors showing how we are starting to get some real talent into the radial division.
Over in the 4.7 division with 42 entries, the race committee was kept very busy, and at times failed to get the fleet away under the U Flag, having to proceed to the Black Flag. The race committee even brought out the giant Black Flag, in an attempt to get the last start away cleanly.
In the 4.7 class females, Charlotte Llewelyn continued her winning ways from Christmas, taking out the first position (4th overall) followed by Casey Imeneo 2nd and Laura Thomson 3rd female.
Overall in the 4.7’s it was the boys, who handled the stronger breezes on the first day better, producing some extremely tight racing. Brody Riley, also continuing his winning form, collecting two race wins and multiple 2nd took out 1st place overall. Tyrone Gowans, with also two race wins, took out 2nd overall. Hamish Fleetwood also collecting a race win took out 3rd place overall. The other heat winner was Jack Lewis.
Congratulations again to all the sailors. Please keep an eye on the website and facebook pages for what is coming up.