RMYS hosted 15 teams of sailors from Victoria and Tasmania for the 87th Stonehaven Cup, conducted from 3-10 January.
The Stonehaven Cup is the national championship for the Australian 12-foot cadet dinghy, and is the longest continuously contested junior/youth one-design dinghy trophy in Australian yachting.
RMYS was represented proudly by its three teams:
C160 - 'Mollie G' (Nelson Dean, Patrick Walby, and Tara Cartlidge) finished 4th;
C174 - 'Catani' (James Walby, Reuben Wilmott, and Ella Robinson-Clarke) finished 10th;
C169 - 'OAM' (James Moeller, Sally Davis, and Rafay Rizwan) finished 13th.
Congratulations to all RMYS members on their achievements.
The final results for the Stonehaven Cup can be found here.
There was also an Open competition, consisting of three races, held on Saturday 9 January. This division is open to sailors of all ages, including those sailing in the main Stonehaven Cup competition. T162 'Aussie II' took out this division, with Pablo Borboa the nominated skipper.
Within the Open division there were also four Classic boats contesting a separate prize. These boats had the traditional lugsail rig and were all of wood construction. Ray Smith from RBYC won this division aboard C133 'Pandora', with our very own Sailing Coordinator Liz Haines as one of his crew (multitasking at its finest!). Our General Manager Matt Solly finished 2nd in this division, skippering the famous C126 'Venom'. It's been a bit of a break for both our staff members, since they were last in a Cadet at 17!
A big thanks go to our on-water volunteers, led by RO Andrew Gluth, who ran top-quality racing for the sailors; to the on-shore team of Cadet parents and supporters, who provided excellent lunch and a bar service to competitors, volunteers, and parents each day; and to the coaches and team managers from RMYS, RBYC, King Island Boat Club, and Cairn Curran Sailing Club for their support. All the feedback from our visitors has been very positive about their stay at RMYS, and the atmosphere around the club was fantastic.
There are some beautiful images from the Stonehaven Cup on the ABC News website, courtesy of Ray Smith. Click here to view them.