Docklands Yacht Club overlooks Victoria Harbour with sweeping views of the Melbourne City skyline and the ever changing Docklands precinct. From January 2016, sailing will take place from the 60 metre pontoon at our new premises - the Community Boating Hub, 912 Collins Street, adacent to the Library at Dock Square. Community Sailing days are normally the second and fourth Sunday of each month year round from 11am but are subject to change (check Calendar page for more details). Everyone is welcome. We supply the boats, lifejackets and instruction.
Cadeyrn Gaskin fights out Victorian Championship
Brisk and Brief 2007 Victorian Access Class Championships
A shortened racing program caused by a conflicting sporting event in
In contrast to the predictions, sailors were sent out to the course area in almost no breeze. Just before the start, a 10 knot north-westerly filled in and continued to build during the race, making it tough going. Only two of the 2.3s finished the course as the wind and a short chop rapidly increased. With ominous electrical storms in the area, Race Officer Peter Jones called a temporary halt to proceedings.
Back ashore, officials were tracking the path of thunderstorms and lightning south and north of the club and were relieved when the south-westerly change arrived around 1.30pm. But along with it came a stiff breeze.
Race officials set a compact course behind the marina breakwater for the afternoon, providing some relief from the waves. Reefed sails were again preferred by most sailors in the 17-20 knot offshore wind.
Bailey won the morning race, but Gaskin came out in the afternoon winning the first two. When Bailey replied to win the final heat of the day, it was equal points and came down to a count-back. With the same number of first and second places, the championship was decided on the result of the last race, giving Bailey the trophy.
Presentations were made by RGYC Commodore Michael Kelly and Victorian AACA Delegates Paul Borg and
The Most Improved trophy was won by
Victorian sailors will have another 'hit-out' at the Melbourne-Osaka Regatta at Docklands Yacht Club on March 24, before heading to
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