It is a great demonstration of the strength of RSYS Youth Sailing that 16 of our Youth Sailors, with ages ranging from 8 to 14, represented our Club at RPAYC in the International Optimist class on Sunday 3 March. There was a total fleet of more than 105 boats, so RSYS sailors made up over 15% of the overall fleet, and the eight RSYS Green fleet sailors amounted to more than 30% of their fleet. If our Youth are an example, the future of RSYS is assured.
Conditions were fantastic, with sunshine all day and moderate winds on the three courses on Pittwater near Scotland Island, allowing four to five races to be completed by each fleet. The regatta was very well run by our hosts at Prince Alfred.
Several of our sailors stepped up to Intermediate from Green fleet, and in particular our girls Harriet McLachlan and Vidhi Gupta sailed really well, with Harriet winning the first race and finishing 5th overall and Vidhi finishing her first regatta in the Intermediate fleet.
A few of our Open sailers were fatigued by the schools regatta at Woollahra the previous day, but overall everyone performed well with Connor Warner our standout and strongest Open sailor.
Our Green fleeters had a great day. Stirling McKay scored a second place and many had several top 10 finishes. It was a great regatta for the Green fleet sailors, several of whom were in their first Optimist Regatta, demonstrating great depth and hope for our future Youth program, and most importantly, they had great fun!
Our next Optimist regatta is the NSW State Championship at Gosford on 30-31 March, and we hope for a similar representation from RSYS Optimist sailors. We also have the Laser Metro Championship at RPAYC on 15-16 March, so March will be very busy for the Youth sailors, staff and coaches.
By Richard McLachlan