Cadeyrn Gaskin fights out Victorian Championship

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Victorian Access Class Championships
Victorian Access Class Championships
David Staley, Sunday, 4 March 2007

Brisk and Brief 2007 Victorian Access Class Championships

 

A shortened racing program caused by a conflicting sporting event in Geelong put organisers, Murray Mitchelhill and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, under pressure to complete the State Championships in one day.  Attendance was not helped by the forecast of a hot day and blustery conditions.

 

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.

 

Charles Weatherly and Paul Borg led consistently in the Liberty and 303 divisions respectively, but it was a very different story in the 2.3s.  New arrivals on the Access racing circuit, Krista Bailey from Mornington Yacht Club and Cadeyrn Gaskin from Docklands Yacht Club, fought it out tooth and nail all day, providing some very exciting viewing.

 

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 Charles Weatherly. 

 

The Most Improved trophy was won by Sale Special School student Jacob Dooley and the Weatherly Youth Award was presented to Mark Thorpe who battled all day with his full-servo 2.3 in the tough conditions.

 

Victorian sailors will have another 'hit-out' at the Melbourne-Osaka Regatta at Docklands Yacht Club on March 24, before heading to Adelaide for the Access Nationals over Easter.

 

For additional information about the Access Classes, visit www.accessclass.org




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