RSYS was well represented this year at the Coasts, held at Gosford Sailing Club from 12-13 October. Three Laser 4.7 and seven Laser Radial Youth sailors made the trip to Gosford. They were ably coached over the two days by RSYS coaches Mike Leigh, (Saturday), Finn Alexander (Saturday and Sunday) and Oskar Hansen (Sunday).
Winds on Saturday were light to medium, varying between 4 and 11 knots between noon and 4 pm. On Sunday they were again light and variable, from 4-7 knots.
In the 4.7 fleet of nine, Xavier McLachlan made a tactical error in race 1 for a DNC, but followed this with two bullets to be well placed. Kane Seblatnig led into day 2 with a highly consistent three second places. On Sunday they swapped a 4th and 2nd place, and being even on points, Xavier took the regatta win - a little luckily - on a count back. Garth Bickford scored a bullet in the last race to finish 4th and will be a serious threat in the coming regattas.
In the larger Radial fleet of 35 sailors, Otto Henry led into Sunday with Dan Costandi a strong third. These positions held at the end of the regatta, and Mark Louis finished a close 4th. It was great to see RSYS super coach Marlena Berzins return to dinghy competition and Matt Whitnall competing for RSYS in a full rig Laser.
As always, Gosford Sailing Club ran a great regatta and were terrific hosts.
By Richard McLachlan