Sail Melbourne 2018 was a regatta where the Melbourne weather turned on four seasons in every day. We had torrential rain, high winds, no winds, thunder storms, sunshine and more rain. Melbourne had its 1 in 100 year storms for the third year in a row and the locals were saying “It’s never like this”!
We were out watching Bayley on the Laser course for this regatta. On the first day, Thursday we arrived at the club and were presented with a strong 25-30knot Southerly blowing, torrential rain and fairly choppy waves. All fleets were initially held ashore under AP but around midday the wind eased a little to below 20knots and the fleets went out for racing. The Lasers got one race in but then in the second race the wind glassed out and the boats timed out, so only one race was completed.
On day 2, conditions looked great for racing with a SE breeze around 12 knots. The Lasers completed one race which had the course very close to the shore of Brighton Beach. A couple of Lasers hit an unmarked rock and damaged their boats. The race committee decided to move the course out to sea a little to take the rock out of the course and whilst resetting another thunder storm with lightning was approaching the course area so all sailors were sent ashore.
On day 3, Saturday the wind was very light and all classes were AP on shore. Eventually the fleets were sent out and the Lasers just sat around waiting for wind. About 2pm yet another thunder storm with lightning was approaching and reports of over 30knots were coming in from the airport where the storm was coming from. Again all sailors were quickly sent ashore with an AP over H. However on shore the race committee changed this to AP over A and racing was done for the day for the Lasers. Great we are now three days into the regatta and have only had 2 races. We haven’t even got a regatta yet. Some of the other classes which already had 6 or more races were sent out racing in the afternoon after the storm had passed.
On the final day, the Lasers schedule was bought forward to 10am to try and get a regatta. The Lasers managed to get 3 races in with a northerly breeze 1—15knots and end with a 5 race regatta. Immediately after the completion of the racing another rain squall arrived just in time to pack up boats, rhibs and head back to Sydney. It was a long drive home and we arrived home around 2am.
The following is a summary of the results for RPAYC in Sail Melbourne – full results can be found at this link http://sailingresults.net/site/event/80240/
49er – Jim Colley and Shaun Connor – 2nd Overall
49er FX – Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot – 3rd Overall
470 Men – Josh Dawson – 7th Overall
Finn – Matt Visser – 28th Overall
Laser 4.7 – Bayley Taylor – 14th Overall
Optimist Open – Daniel Links – 1st
Austin Cross – 3rd
Jono Tuite – 7th
Angus Renton – 8th
Olivia Williams – 17th
Cooper Bellingham – 21st
Eva Attwood – 22nd
Wally Tuite – 36th
Markus Sampson – 38th
Isabella Holdsworth – 44th
Darcy Robbins – 46th
Will Troop – 52nd
Kye Williams – 55th
Nathan Pearce – 63rd
Optimist Intermediate – Piper Attwood – 3rd
Julia Pearce – 8th
Nacra 15 – Bella Green and Rohan Stannage – 6th
Wasp – Henry Davison – 9th
It was great to see so many sailors in attendance from RPAYC - Thank You to Dave Taylor for the report.