Javelin Wins 2018 Winter Series!
With the advent of the Race 5 abandonment today due to gale force conditions on Port Phillip, the 2018 Winter Series is now concluded.
The revised series attracted 43 boats across the five events, and we are very pleased to announce Mark Nicholson and his Javelin team as the overall winners of the 2018 Winter Series, the Lord Warden’s Trophy.
As the series winner of the AMS division, Javelin scored an impressive 8.0 points across the four races.
Second place for the series and first place in the IRC division was Paul Bunn and his Christine team, with a score of 9.0 points for the four races.
Third place for the series went Koos Theron and his Xenia team, with 11.0 points across the four races in the AMS division.
We would also like to give a special mention to Allan Gontar and Franz Obermosser, who contested the series Double-Handed in Dictateur, Allan’s Beneteau First 31.7.
A full review of the series results can be found HERE.
Trophies for the series will be presented at our AGM and Presentation night, which is being held at the Albert Park Sailing Club on Monday evening, 8th October, commencing at 6:30pm.
Following a consultation process with our members, the 2018 Winter Series introduced a revised format with longer passage style racing for all five rounds, commencing in very pleasant and light conditions in early June, at the top end of the Bay with a RMYS Tower start and finish.
Race Two saw the introduction of our first ever winter passage race from Brighton to Blairgowrie. Although gale force northerly winds forced the postponement of Race 2 on the scheduled weekend in early July, our generous hosts at BYS agreed to a request to reschedule the race on a more suitable weekend later in the month. A solid fleet of 25 boats battled their way down to Blairgowrie in favourable conditions, with Javelin being the inaugural winner of the “Blairgowrie Ice Bucket”, followed by a great night with our host club.
Race Three in early August in more typical winter conditions, with fresh westerly conditions to challenge the fleet of 16 hardened competitors. The race was run from the RBYC Tower in a passage race format of approximately 25nm, which took the fleet south to Beaumaris Bay, and across to Spoil Ground, before a finish back at Brighton.
Race Four was our very popular Geelong Passage Race, and with an adjustment to our schedule to avoid clashes with club racing, we had another solid fleet of 33 boats battle tricky westerly and south-westerly conditions as they made their way southwest to Corio Bay, with Stampede being the inaugural winner of the “Corio Bay Bowl”. The fleet were treated to a night of warm hospitality by our host club RGYC.
Unfortunately, weather conditions have prevented us from running the Overnight Navigator’s Challenge this weekend. The crown for the top navigators and endurance sailors on the bay will carry over to the 2019 Winter Series, when we will be hoping for much more favourable conditions for this highly skilled endurance event.