Australia Day Short Course regatta winds up

by DYC

Docklands Yacht Club has celebrated moving into new premises at the Community Boating Hub in Collins Street by holding its first Australia Day Short Course Regatta over three days.

Twelve sailors competed in the Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty classes in a fourteen race, two-day regatta that followed a training day on Saturday. 

In the Hansa 2.3 class, Mark Thorpe from Latrobe Valley Yacht Club finished with three second places on Monday afternoon to win by a single point from Docklands’ Louis Paterson.  Cadeyrn Gaskin had dominated the racing on Sunday then swapped to the Liberty on Monday, but his string of firsts was enough to give him third overall. 

The most stunning performance for the regatta, however, was last placed Ben Meade.  A new member at Docklands and a new sailor, this was Ben’s first regatta.  After initially struggling to work out the starting procedure and course layout, Ben steadily improved over the two days, finding a real turn of speed and comfortably winning the final two races of the series. 

In the Hansa 303 class, Docklands’ Beck West managed to build a 3 point buffer to claim the event win, but the three boats were swapping places throughout the weekend.  After fourteen races, Christine Elliott (DYC) and Sarah & Craig Millsom (LVYC) were tied on points and only the fact that Elliott had beaten the Millsoms in the final race broke the tie.

DYC Commodore Russell Phillips almost made a clean sweep of the Liberty races, beaten just once by Vice Commodore Shauna Phillips.  Russell claimed the overall Liberty win with a thirteen point margin.

The Latrobe Valley Yacht Club is hosting the Victorian Hansa Class Championships next weekend and the Australia Day Short Course Regatta was a perfect opportunity to prepare for this important event.  Six Docklands sailors are travelling to Hazelwood Pondage for the championships.

DYC Commodore Phillips said: "It was great to get our first regatta completed at our new home. We are grateful for those who travelled to attend this event, and the impromtu working bee that was undertaken on the 1st day by supporters and family of the sailors that helped to resolve some storage issues. Thanks to David and Michelle on the water for their race management. It was pleasing to see that we had experienced sailors competing and assisting new Club members and people who had only recently discovered our Club through the Discover Sailing Day last weekend in attendance. 

As we establish ourselves in our new location in Docklands, we look forward to being on the water a lot more with Community Sailing Days, Come Try Racing Days and Short Course events - keep an eye on our website for details.

Thanks for everyone who attended and good luck to our sailors at the Victorian Championships next weekend".

Great photos by David Staley can be seen in the photo gallery.

Shots from a drone - courtesy of Paul McInned are available here.


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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.

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