There will be a full report on the Regatta as soon as I can get it written up and posted, but in the meantime . . . . .
We had two boats in the display. One was Jack Carroll’s first boat, Debonair, number 2 and the other was Leigh Marriott’s boat, Mrs Vicious, 1375, winner of the first National Titles. Even with the late withdrawal of Chris Cleary due to injury there were still ten Australian Sailfish competing in the Regatta itself, with visitors from Sydney and across Victoria, which made us (just) the largest class there for the second year in a row.
Our land based crew consisted of a few famous names from the past including Brett and Hayden Ramsdale who were both there over the Friday and the Saturday. We have some great photos already, with many more still to come and yes, this is a hint, I would love to see your photos of the weekend for posting on the website.
And of course, Jack was there, looking very happy and really enjoying seeing all those funny little boats out and about again.
We may never know which Sailfish won the Friday Invitation Race, there was some confusion with a few doing the set four laps and getting the bell and a few doing five before they got the bell, plus a few retirements due to damage or just being tuckered out. The wind peaked at 17 knots at the far end of the course where we had a tide running against the breeze, which made things a bit interesting. What we do know for sure is that Brian Carroll won the Regatta Race on Saturday with Peter Chapman second and Ian Milton third.
Well done to everyone who was able to come along, it made for a terrific weekend.