Last weekend the RPAYC hosted the third Melges Young Guns Regatta. Each year generous Melges 24 and Melges 32 owners hand over their pride and joy so that some of Sydney’s young guns can experience Melges. Not only does it provide the opportunity for the owners to meet some of Australia’s younger successful sailors but it also allows the young guns to compete with their own team in the Melges classes.
The rookies, Jim Colley and Shaun Connor are part of the Objective Future Champions Program. Jim, the current New South Wales Optimist Champion, and Shaun, the current New South Wales Laser 4,7 State Champion have teamed up this season in a 29er and have surprised many. On the weekend of 9-10 February, Jim and Shaun, went onto add another state championship to their resume.