Trophies Presented for Short Course Series

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Martin Waller - 3rd Overall in the Access 2.3s
Martin Waller - 3rd Overall in the Access 2.3s
Krista Bailey - 1st Overall in the Short Course Series Access 2.3s
Krista Bailey - 1st Overall in the Short Course Series Access 2.3s
Krista Bailey holds the inside during the Access 2.3s
Krista Bailey holds the inside during the Access 2.3s
Cadeyrn Gaskin - 2nd Overall in the Short Course Series Access 2.3s
Cadeyrn Gaskin - 2nd Overall in the Short Course Series Access 2.3s
Cadeyrn Gaskin in the Access 2.3s
Cadeyrn Gaskin in the Access 2.3s
Martin Waller - 3rd Overall in the Short Course Series Access 2.3s
Martin Waller - 3rd Overall in the Short Course Series Access 2.3s
Andrew Cook in the Access 2.3s
Andrew Cook in the Access 2.3s
Presentations for the Docklands Short Course Series
Presentations for the Docklands Short Course Series
Anna Devine in the Access 2.3s
Anna Devine in the Access 2.3s
David Staley, Monday, 10 March 2008

The Inaugural Docklands Short Course Racing Series for Access 2.3s has been won by Krista Bailey from Mornington. 

 

Krista, a member at both Mornington and Docklands Yacht Clubs, had one race win and placed no lower than 4th in the last four heats on the Labour Day weekend to maintain an 8 point margin over Docklands' Cadeyrn Gaskin. 

 

Third placed was Martin Waller from Sugarloaf Sailing Club.  Martin also took out the best servo trophy.  Each of the podium places went to sailors who raced every day of the series, ensuring they carried minimum penalties for races not started.

 

The Access 303 trophy was won by Roy Jewell and Robert Toseland, both from Docklands.

 

Conditions were light, with about 6 knots of breeze and flat water for the final heats, held on Sunday March 9 - a busy day on Victoria Harbour.  With Moomba celebrations in full swing, there were wakeboarding demonstrations off Waterfront City, the Dragon Boat Festival in the southern arm and plenty of boating traffic on the harbour to keep things interesting.

 

Eight 2.3s fronted up to the starting line for the final races of the series that has generated growing interest among Access sailors over the past months.  Following on from the Victorian Access Class Championships at Royal Brighton Yacht Club in February, this was the last opportunity for Access sailors to hone their competitive skills ahead of the Australian Championships due to be held in Canberra over Easter.

 

At presentations, Docklands Commodore David Staley paid tribute to the many volunteers who helped run the racing and congratulated all the competitors who took part.

 

"The introduction of a competitive series has been a significant milestone for the club and enables our recreational sailors to take their next development step in the sport", he said.

 

Scheduled over 6 Sundays from October through March, the Docklands Short Course Series was open to Access 2.3, Access 303 and other classes.  Strong winds forced the abandonment of racing on the December and January weekends.

 

The 2008-09 Series will commence in October.

 

 

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