Credit to Dave Wallace and Brad Collis for the photography
Last weekend the 2019 International Cadet State Championships were on at RYCV and what a weekend it was……
The weather forecast promised us sun, 25°C and wind around the 10 knots, perfect conditions for a sailing weekend.
For some volunteers the weekend already started on Friday night with the preparation for the regatta. RYCV yard team had already moved some of the boats close to the lawn and now it was time to prepare the regatta office and launch the rescue boats for the weekend. One mark layer (Suzuki) and four RIBs were lifted in and all the trailers parked away from the water front. After some smaller repairs on boats (incl. some of the Cadets) everything was ready for the event.
Saturday morning was an early start with competitors arriving from around 8 am on wards. Trails, boats and cars had to be directed into the right spot and parked to avoid chaos. The official opening of the 2019 State Championships happened at 12pm on the deck. Club Captain Jane Richards and Cadet 6th Fleet Brendan Garner welcomed the competitors and parents and gave a short overview of the facilities and the event. Afterwards PRO David Le Roy and RO Guy Schofield briefed the competitors and explained the plans in terms of sailing for the upcoming three days. Afterwards the fleet launched and was on their way to the other side of the channel, racing started as scheduled with the first warning signal at 1325.
Conditions on the water were very consistent at around 10 knots of wind which showed some slow but very exciting racing. The fleet of 34 boats, doing windward – leeward courses, was very close together and a lot of position changes happened. After three races, one more than planned due to the perfect conditions, the fleet came back to RYCV to re-energies at the BBQ that Peter Roberts organized with some volunteers.
Sunday was a day probably none of the sailors will ever forget. The day started with light wind so the race committee put the A-P flag up, racing was postponed and the sailors could enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the lawn. The first race was finally started around an hour later than planned in still light winds which finally forced the RO to abandon racing as boats couldn’t make it around the course within the time limit. Decision was made to sail back to RYCV for lunch and re-start racing at 1330.
The afternoon saw fresh winds from northerly directions which forced some of the new skippers to stay ashore and some boats returning before the first race. Racing was very challenging and the fleet spread over the triangle course. Several capsizes at the windward mark kept the rescue boats busy but all in all the remaining boats handled the conditions very well. And then the wind changes started. As forcasted the wind went to a south westerly direction which required the whole course laying to be done again before it finally changed back to northerly again. Busy times for Owen and Cath on the Mark Layer.
Racing on Monday was very similar to Saturday, light wind in the morning freshening up towards lunch time. The PRO decided to lay a trapezoid course which definitely was preferred by the sailors, maybe not so much by the Mark Layer but it all worked well. Three races could be finished and the on-water activities of the State Championships ended at 1330.
After three days of racing the only thing to do was the prize giving. Under the lead of RO Guy Schofield and 6th Fleet President Brendan Garner the winners were announced.
The first three places all went to RGYC with Jarrah Harris Moore / Evie McDonald becoming the 2019 International Cadet Victorian State Champions followed by Emma Kelly / William Farnell in 2nd and Elliot Hughes / Olive Hooper in 3rd. All in all a very impressive performance form the RGYC sailors who managed to have 7 of their boats in the top 10!!!!!
Detailed results can be found on the 2019 States Homepage
Nevertheless, the RYCV sailors where able to collect some prizes.
All in all RYCV and all the volunteers can be very proud of the event. Feedback from competitors and parents was very positive. We delivered an event that progressed without any bigger issues. Obviously we found some smaller issues that were noted and will be improved next time and especially going forward towards the nationals and World 2020 Championships at RYCV.
Thank you very much to all people that volunteered their time to make this event happen, you all did very well. To all the people that did not/could not volunteered their time: You missed a great weekend on and off the water and we hope to see you next time!!!!
|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||Crew||From|
|1||9545||SMOOTH CRIMINAL||Jarrah Harris Moore||Evie Mcdonald||RGYC|
|2||9919||SPARKLE||Emma Kelly||William Farnell||RGYC|
|3||5760||ANACONDA||Elliot Hughes||Olive Hooper||RGYC|
|Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||Crew||From|
|1||9780||SWISH||Jake Newman||Ben Imbesi||SYC|
|2||5747||GOTCHA||Tim Ronchi||Dominic Verratti||RYCV|
|3||9559||RESISTANCE||Benjamin Garner||Sam Williamson||RGYC|
|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||From|
|1||9545||SMOOTH CRIMINAL||Jarrah Harris Moore||RGYC|
|Skipper||BOAT NAME||SAIL NO||FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||GENDER||YOB||CLUB|
|U18||SMOOTH CRIMINAL||9545||Jarrah||Harris Moore||F||2003||RGYC|
|Presidents Award||SPARKLE||9919||Emma Kelly||William Farnell||RGYC|
|Bulls Sails – Sixth Fleet Travellers Series||Overall|
|1||9526||Hyper Hyper||T Johnston||K Thompson||SYC||15|
|3||9545||Smooth Criminal||J Harris Moore||E McDonald||RGYC||16|
|2||9822||Spitfire||M Suda||L Johnston||SYC||17|