Brendan is up the mast, John on the wharf. Bundaberg is having final inspection before heading off to Tasmania for 6 weeks. I leave tomorrow to catch up in Strahan and then travel up the Franklin River.
By way of a thank you to the volunteers who took time out of busy schedules to help run the Laser Masters 2017 Championships last weekend I have made a brief write up of the weekend and posted a bunch of pics. Feel free to download any you like.
Great weekend at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club with the Victorian Laser Masters 2017 Championships, which attracted 30 Laser sailors to compete for honours in three classes, Standard, Radial and 4.7 rig.
Big thanks to the Victorian Laser Association (VLA), all the RGYC volunteers, the 'Opti' guys, Portarlington Sailing Club, RGYC staff and the Cadet Canteen Moms, who helped make this event a huge success for the organisers, the Club and the competitors. A special mention to Neil and Fay for making available their beautiful yacht 'Blue Lagoon' for the weekend to operate as start boat.
Day 1 .The OOD, Peter Merritt delayed the start an hour to allow the
Southerly breeze to settle in strength and direction. Three races were
then conducted in a sweet 15 kt breeze sometimes getting to 20. it was
mostly sunny but the weather gods didn't let us off without a shower of
rain before we finished.
The Cadet Canteen Moms invited the the sailors and their partners over
for a sausage sizzle which proved to be a great entree before a well
attended sit down meal in the clubhouse.
Day 2.. Forecast was not promising. A strengthening South Wester to 30k
by mid afternoon was predicted. However after briefing and consultation
Peter managed to make a start on time at 10:00am and complete the two
programmed races as the breeze strengthened to 22 knots. and before the
30 knots came thru. The race was made interesting as places changes
dramatically with inopportune capsized by some competitors.
Sharp eyes, clear thinking and application of our rescue boat protocols
kept the competitors safe.A couple of tail enders did need some
assistance, with one guy deciding after multiple capsizes and flagging energy levels, that enough was enough and (only after
finishing the last race) took up an offer to hitch a ride back to the
beach on a rescue boat and allow one of our local sailors, John to sail
his boat back for him. A hot shower was all that was needed to have him
planning his next championships.
There were several winners in the various divisions, however the big one went to Owen McMahon. 1st Laser Master, 1st Laser Radial.
Below are links to full res pics from the weekend,