WYC State Titles Wrap
by Penny Gray, Adam H Smith, Cathy Trudinger, Xavier Vandame
At Blairgowrie, Hugo Vandame and Leigh Harvie participated in the Optimist State Championships. In the Open Fleet, the competition was very tough as many sailors from NSW, Queensland, S.A and one Japanese had decided to join the party! Most sailors from the Top 15 at the last Nationals were present including 3 of the 5 sailors selected to the World Championship in Europe in July. And by the way, they did take the spots on the State podium!
The wind was not very cooperative on Saturday: not enough wind to compensate the strong tide. After a first attempt to launch a race around midday, the RC decided to send the kids back as they could not cross the starting line. At the end of the day, the RC tried another race in very light wind (3 to 4 knots) – the race was shortened and less than half of the fleet managed to cross the line before the time limit. Many kids were grumpy including Hugo!
Sunday was a much better day weatherwise. Lots of tide again (going West) but a strong 20-24 knots wind all day allowed the RC to run 4 long races. All sailors were exhausted by the end of the day but at a good time on the water and enjoyed great surfs. Considering the challenging conditions, Hugo had a good day with a 22nd, 17th, 16th and 25th out of 44 participants. He felt he missed some opportunities here and there but was pleased with his races.
Sunday’s conditions were very similar except the wind was a bit less strong: ranging between 16 and 22 knots but shiftier. Hugo did not manage the wind shifts as well as he would have wanted to in the first 3 races and, despite some good starts, ended up 30th, 28thand 24th. Hugo managed to finish the championship on a high, finishing the last race in 12th position. Unfortunately, he copped 5 additional points for not signing off when returning to shore! Still learning…