Day one of the 2017 Gill Optimist Victorian Championships was a great day for the Optimist Sailors and Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Sailors were held ashore until the breeze built, firstly for the Green fleet to get underway, and then enough for the Open & Intermediate fleet shortly after.
Geelong Performance squad coach, Brian Case had nothing but compliments for the race management on the Open fleet course, in a fickle then building breeze.
‘Onshore, hospitality was sensational, and the race management was brilliant. Greg (Sinclair) got the pre regatta jitters out of the way with abandoning one race shortly after the start, and then getting the fleet away in a stable breeze’.
3 races were run for the green, intermediate and open fleets, which were held over 2 courses. The steady 10 knot breeze produced 3 different winners for the day in the open fleet, with Finn McMahon in Sharkfinn, making a great start to the regatta with a 1,4,2, and Linus Talacko sailing BOB, and Jack Ferguson in Aloha 2nd and 3rd respectively
Local Geelong sailor, Mason Mahoney, sailing The Albatross, got up in race 2 to win his first race in the Optimist Open fleet, sailing a text book race. After a good start, and leading at the first mark he sailed away from the rest of the fleet, leaving them to fight for the minor placings.
In the Intermediate Fleet, Scarlett Zerbe posted a 9,1,1 to be first after day 1, with another Geelong sailor, Riley Cantwell in 2nd, and Samuel Stringer in 3rd.
On Green fleet course, which consists of sailors who are new to racing, racing was well run by the Race Officer Annina Varrella, and her race team. Local RGYC sailor, Jorja Mahoney is currently leading with a 3, 1, 2 with Anna Robinson 2nd, and Natalie Gleeson 3rd.
Principal Race officer Max Stein was happy with how the day went, with all fleets getting their allocated 3 races in with no significant incidences.
Conditions for the rest of the weekend are expected to be generally light conditions, with rain clearing by the morning, setting the scene for another great day on the Bay.
For Full results, go to the regatta website:
RGYC sailing Administration
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