A winter westerly greeted the fleet of 18 boats on Saturday for Day 1 of the Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta.
Showing dominance in the Etchells Class was Flirtation, helmed by Matt Crawford who after a 3rd place in the first race sealed the rest of the day with bullets.
The mixed sports boat fleet saw plenty of action on the start line with 10 boats jostling for pole position under the watchful eye of Race Officer Stephen Merrington.
The RPAYC Elliott 7's which were crewed by the Senior & Intermediate Youth Development Squad as well as the Australian Invictus Sailing Team kept up with their faster rivals such at the Melges 24 & Viper.
Joining with an original Elliott 7 was Rod Tanks who had a secret weapon on board in Kerrie Shimeld (Mick Holes widow). Rod had the element of surprise on the start line with some unorthodox starting techniques. 4 races were completed on the Saturday.
In the Etchells fleet club stalwart Jason Antill came out swinging on Sunday to show the younger crew on flirtation that they mean business as they use this regatta to prepare for the upcoming Etchells Worlds in QLD. Jason's 2107 Racing finished on 14 points which tied them with Flirtation however the tie was broken in favour of Flirtation who had 3 wins. An excited Matt Crawford commented 'We were adding up the score card on the way in and knew it was going to be close, a big thanks to my team and all the competitors and volunteers for a fantastic regatta'.
In the mixed sport boats fleet Grant Crowle stepped in to helm for Rod Tanks on the Green Elliott 7 on the final day with Simon Grosser who hopped on to follow instructions from Kerrie. The new combination showed strength particularly with Kerrie & Mick's son Henri calling strategy. With the green Elliott 7 taking out boat of the day.
The Mick Hole Memorial Trophy was presented by Kerrie to an ecstatic Matt Crawford & his Flirtation Team.
Taking out the golden snorkel award was Intermediate Youth Development sailor Isabella Holdsworth who took an unexpected dip when she missed the hiking straps. "The water was cold" said a chilled Holdsworth.
Kerrie commented: " Thank you to the RPA for honouring Mick this way. He would have loved to have been sailing, we met and fell in love 30 years ago at the downstairs bar, and then farewelled him at the same place 7 years ago. Enormous thanks to the Race Committee and also Jason Antill and Simon Grosser for initiating and following through.Also to Rod, Kathryn, Grant, Henri and Grosser ( the green boat),and all the competitors, young and old".
We sailed this weekend in honour of a very special bloke, whose memory is a reminder to all present and future members of what RPAYC is really all about.
The world would be a much better place with a few more Micks !