Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thank You Volunteers Vic Laser Masters 2017

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.

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