ACT Optimist Championship

RSYS was well represented at the ACT States with nine sailors and their families traveling down to Canberra from 26-27 October.

Richard McLachlan writes: In Open fleet we had Connor Warner (in possibly his last Opti regatta), Benedict and Spencer McKay. Sterling McKay, Raphael McLachlan and Cate Atkinson competed in the Intermediate fleet and Edward Atkinson in Green fleet. Overall there were good sized fleets: 44 boats in Open, 28 in Intermediate and 20 in Green. 

It was a challenging weekend with gusts over 30 knots forcing the race committee to abandon racing on Saturday. Sunday was a busy day with five races being run for the series. It was demanding racing with the breeze direction randomly varying around 20 degrees, but also ranging from 12 knots to well over 20 knots at times. Courses were set short and mark roundings were always crowded. The significant changes in wind strengths kept our sailors alert to the conditions. A general observation would be that our young sailors did really well in the strong conditions but need to attack the start of each race with more confidence and gusto.

All of our RSYS sailors represented the club admirably. Congratulations to Edward in the Green fleet who was competing in his frst regatta and was exposed to pretty strong conditions out on the water.  

Cate led the boys, Raphael and Stirling, in Intermediates; though having finished 23, 24, and 25, they probably need to be a little less social on the water! Nevertheless Cate is to be commended for stopping to help Raphael when he spent some time bailing. 

In Opens, Connor finished the final race rounding the top mark in third place, showing us all what can be done when you get off the start line well in a big fleet. Benedict, pictured top, demonstrated his experience finishing overall 18th, with Connor and Spencer finishing 25th and 27th respectively. 

  Stirling, Edward, Cate

  Raffa, Spencer, Connor

Canberra is always a great bonding experience for the team and the dinner on Saturday night at the Kingston Hotel was a highlight (assisted this year with a certain rugby game to watch…) We were thrilled that super coach Club Captain Karyn Gojnich joined us for dinner; her vast experience and calm guidance with the Youth sailors throughout the weekend and on the water was greatly appreciated by all. 

As ever, the Championship regatta was very well run and the club facilities excellent. It is probably the best regatta in the calendar for watching the fleets. Big thanks to all the organisers who made it such a great weekend despite the Saturday cancellation. 

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