The OK Dinghies sailed a challenging Australian championship, which was the lead-up to their Worlds at Black Rock Yacht Club in a couple of weeks' time. The 505s were small in number but were impressively fast in the stronger breezes ... when they stayed upright. Foxtrot course also hosted the 420s on the final day, with some excellent close racing and a few starting disqualifications!
Thank you again to all our excellent volunteers, who took on jobs they had not done before and drove boats with which they were not familiar. We hope you made some new friends and contacts, and enjoyed the social time after racing each day.\
Below is an email from Mischa Leonard, Foxtrot course Race Officer:
Dear Rod and RMYS Commodore
I would just like to thank you and your volunteers for the excellent way in which the RMYS team conducted themselves and assisted in running the Foxtrot Course of Sail Melbourne in conjunction with BYS volunteers.
The opening day for our team delivered some of the worst conditions for race management that I and others had experienced in a very long time. The sea state created by 25-30 knot winds and an opposing tide had many of the team feeling the worse for wear but they continued on despite the uncomfortable conditions.
Our next day delivered trying conditions again but this time due to lack of breeze.
Despite all our weather issues we certainly all bonded well in our debriefs and have all formed new friendships and walked away from the regatta with new race management skills and a healthier appreciation for the effort and time to conduct a regatta such as Sail Melbourne.
The sign of a good regatta from a competitor's viewpoint is the conduct of the last race as that is what they remember. I believe most competitors will be very content and pleased with their last race on our course. We had only two scoring enquiries which were resolved without heading to the protest room and no protests against the race management so we performed our role well.
Finally I must congratulate Allicia Rae who had the hardest role of everyone. She took on the role of organizing the volunteers and our roster whilst also being our radio operator and did both roles exceptionally well before and during the regatta.
You have a fantastic volunteer base and one that I would be happy to work with again.
Thanks and regards
Foxtrot Course Race Officer