Mel Hitchen-Haw

1 year 8 months ago

Introducing Mel Hitchen-Haw one of our favourite coaches who is very active in developing the fleet at Mornington Yacht Club.  Mel is also a member of both MYC and SYC.

Mel sailed Opti's successfully for a number of years, and made AOST 3 times. After the Optimist class Mel transitioned into the Laser 4.7 where she went to the World and came 2nd.  More recently Mel has been sailing a 470 with the Australian Sailing Team and has been enjoying getting on Etchells this season. 

Mel is a big fan of Australia Rules football and barracks for the Melbourne Demons.


Pre-race Preparation

2 years 9 months ago

Pre-Race Preparation

by Oli Tweddell (Australia Finn Sailor and ex-Opti sailor)

Boat Venue & Preparation

2 years 9 months ago

Boat & Venue Preparation

by Oli Tweddell  (Australian Finn sailor and ex-Optimist sailor)

We have spoken about keeping your body in shape during a competition through proper nutrition and hydration techniques, this week I am going to talk about preparing your boat and your brain for an upcoming competition.

You should always carry out boat maintenance checks before and after every sail you do, whether it was 3 knots or 30.  


2 years 9 months ago

by Oli Tweddell (Australian Finn sailor and ex. Optimist sailor)

Staying hydrated while being out on the water is critical to performance, and as you all know race days can get very long and tiring.  That is why it is equally as important to get your nutrition correct at an event as you don’t want the feeling of hitting the wall half way through the day.

I tend to think of my body as an engine, just like an engine it needs fuel, with food being my main fuel I re-fuel 3-5 times a day.


2 years 9 months ago


by Oli Tweddell (Australian Finn sailor and ex. Optimist sailor)

Most people know that you need to keep hydrated before, during and after sailing, and most people just drink water.

Optimist: Technique for Speed in Light Air

2 years 9 months ago

Optimist: Technique for Speed in Light Air

By Lloyd Collings (Two time Optimist Worlds representative for Australia; YV Junior Sailor of the Year 2009)

Laura Thompson

2 years 9 months ago

Laura is a graduate of the Coaching Scholarship Program initiated by VIODA in 2015 to develop a group of young Victorian Coaches to help strengthen the depth of coaching for the class in the coming years. At 17, Laura is currently campaigning in the Women’s Laser Radial after winning the 2014 U16 women’s national title in Laser 4.7 and competing in Optimists from a young age. Invited guest of the Australian Youth Radial team, she has had exposure to a broad range of fantastic coaches over the years and hopes to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of athletes!

STATE COACH - Sam Mackay

2 years 9 months ago

Alison Dale

3 years 5 months ago

Alison is passionate and committed coach eager to develop the next generation of opti sailors.