2015 AHCA Nationals begin
The 2015 Australian Hansa Class National Championships has been officially opened at Derwent Sailing Squadron with a welcome BBQ.
Competitors had a final chance to check out their boats with a practice race before the official opening by the Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly - The Hon Elise Archer MP. Ms Archer, representing the Premier & Minister for Sport - welcomed competitors to Tasmania from around Australia and praised the Class Association for the open and inclusive nature of the regatta.
Chris Symonds - Acting President of Sailability Tasmania - and Russell Phillips - President of the Australian Hansa Class Association - also welcomed the competitors, whilst Hansa Class boat designer Chris Mitchell received a round of applause, before race officer Gilbert Leitch gave the competitors a final briefing.
The AHCA also announced that they would be reviving the State Teams Trophy at this event, allowing the top two competitors from each state in each division to earn points towards a State Teams Trophy - with the State with the lowest point score being awarded the trophy. This announcement caused another 3 competitors to add another division to their sailing schedule! As one competitor remarked - "it's on!"
While the winds look light, the days and the welcome have been warm and competitors are looking forward to a great regatta across the Easter break.
The AHCA is grateful to the Derwent Sailing Squadron - their members and volunteers - Sailability Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government and Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania and the Hon Elise Archer MP for opening the National Championship.
Results and reports will be available on the website over the next few days.
Great photos from the rigging and practice race - taken by Sam Tiedemann - are available from the DSS Facebook page - here