Firstly, Gavin Dagley from Port Melbourne Yacht Club is our latest World Champion, winning the Great Grand Master Division at the recently completed Master Standard Worlds, held in Mexico.
This is a fantastic effort from Gavin, who as a Master often takes it right up to the Open fleet, in fact I recall one race at the recent Belmont Nationals where he comfortably beat the entire fleet around the first mark! and last year at Mandurah slogged it out in the breeze with the best of them. Congratulations Gavin!
Read the full report here.
Over the last month and a half, the VLA have been running Sunday morning sessions for any interested sailors, offering short course racing and some on and off water tips/coaching, by myself.
Firstly at McCrae, where a light Northwesterly saw some close racing in clear calm conditions, provided a number of youth the opportunity to work on their racing and starting skills.
Next up, in the middle of May, we ventured to Mount Martha and were greeted by a stiff Westerly with a difficult steep sea breaking right onto the beach, nonetheless we got out and enjoyed an abating breeze and seaway although near the end of the session an ominous large squall was spotted to the Northwest, so the fleet was sent in, just making the beach before the pressure filled back in hard, bringing with it a once again building sea.
On the last weekend of May, Mornington was the Venue. Once again conditions were challenging, with solid breeze and a big sea coming from the West.
After some hesitation from the fleet, rather than the Coach, we had a good session in a gradually abating breeze, although a persistent solid seaway.
A few photos of the Mornington session below….
All Victorian Laser Sailors should look out for an Email advising the next venue and date, no matter what rig you sail, or what level of sailor you are, all can enjoy the sailing and gain tips, coaching and race practice in an informal environment.
written by Paul Vincent