Lively round of Short Course Racing in January

by David Staley


Another six races were completed yesterday in the Docklands Yacht Club Short Course Racing Series.

A fresh southerly breeze mainly was 15-20 knots with stronger gusts. The lively conditions tested sailors and equipment.

A broken mast and a torn sail took Roy Jewell and Louis Patterson out of the later races. Others were seen frantically baling water out of their boats at times.

Russell Phillips made a clean sweep of the Liberty races, reinforcing his place at the top of the aggregate results table. Cadeyrn Gaskin, who uses servo electrics to control his mainsail, was unable to match Russell’s speed around the course. Newcomer Lee Massi scored a second place in the first race of the day, but spent most of his afternoon scrapping it out with Shauna Phillips behind the two more experienced sailors.

It was Christine Elliott’s day in the 303 division. Despite a poor result in the final race, Christine led the fleet around every mark to move up into second place in the overall results behind Beck West. She overtakes Hayley Pearse who was unable to start the final three races of the day.

Martin Waller was the only Hansa 2.3 on the course today, sailing extremely well in the challenging conditions. Despite the lack of one-design class competition, Martin mixed it up on the start line and at mark roundings with the rest of the fleet.

The next race session is scheduled for February 2, two weeks of the Victorian Hansa Class Championships that will be hosted this year by the Royla Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown.

For any enquiries about the Docklands Yacht Club Short Course Racing Series, contact David Staley via email or phone 0428 514 058.



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