RMYS hosted a successful junior regatta on Wednesday April 1, which included 21 junior sailors from six Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula clubs. Classes represented included Optimist (11), Open Bic (6), Minnow (2), and Opti Tacker (2).
The idea was to organise a friendly low-key junior regatta with coaching, so as to appeal to beginner and intermediate junior sailors looking for race experience in a safe environment over the Easter holidays.
Due to hot (28 degree) and windy conditions racing was commenced early using a trapezoid course favoured in junior sailing events. The Open Bics and Optis were soon fighting it out for dominance, with the Bics leading in heavier winds and Optimists cleaning up in the lulls. The Open Bic team from Safety Beach SC took early wins and the Optimists took a while to catch on, but soon were leading with some line honours scores on top of their yardstick advantage. By lunch we had completed five races. A return following lunch to start Race 6 met with some very strong northerly gusts (greater than 25 knots) with only 10 completing the race. Some capsizes and breakages were a signal that it was time to get back to the beach.
There were some great performances from Grainne Snook, Grace Lazzar and Rion Morgan in Open Bics from SBSC, and Will Pratt, Linus Talacko, Matthew Walker and Hugo Macmillan amongst others in Optimists.
Final results were:
1st Overall Linus Talacko Optimist RMYS
2nd Overall Will Pratt Optimist Black Rock YC
3rd Overall Matthew Walker Optimist RMYS
1st Optimist Hugo Macmillan Optimist RMYS
1st Open Bic Grace Lazzar Open Bic Safety Beach SC
1st Minnow Lucas Ambrens Minnow RMYS
1st Opti Tacker Clay Williams Opti Tacker RMYS
Most Improved Jack Italia Opti Tacker Albert SC
RMYS and St Kilda harbour seemed to deliver on the junior April Fools Day regatta with many favourable comments from sailors and parents and suggestions of future one-day junior events. Parents and supporters seemed to enjoy the stadium view of racing and the start line from the St Kilda Pier.
The regatta was highlighted with excellent coaching from Dave White, of the Victorian Optimist Association (VIODA). Louise Hutton from RMYS provided vital Race Officer assistance, in possibly the smallest plastic start boat she’s ever been in. Thanks also to Allicia Rae who set up the races in TopYacht and scored the event. Leigh Brennan-Smith of the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy organised the regatta and eventually provided hot dogs to hungry sailors once the gas in the kitchen was reconnected. What a day!
Special mention and thanks must go to all the parents to get their kids to the regatta and especially to the parents from Safety Beach SC and Rye Yacht Club who came a long distance to provide support for some terrific Open Bic teams. One well organised team from Safety Beach came with 3 Open Bics on a specially built trailer which was unloaded by three highly supportive mums.
We look forward to the next junior event at RMYS and we’ll keep members posted.
Leigh Brennan-Smith, Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy