Georges River hosted a large fleet of Lasers for the NSW States. There were several RPA members entered across all 3 divisions enjoying some fantastic conditions on both days of racing. Saturday was sailed in a dying breeze which just managed to hold on long enough for all fleets to get 3 solid race in. My highlight of the day was RPA sailors scoring 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Race 2 in the Standard fleet. Sunday morning was much warmer than the previous day, but unfortunately the breeze also took a change for the worse and decided not to turn up. After waiting for it to arrive, then swing, we eventually got back to the business at hand and started racing again. In the 4.7 fleet, Olivia and Bayley had a much better day, with Olivia getting a bullet in the first race of the day. At the end of the day, they were tied in 4th place, with Olivia edging it on count back – just 1 point off 3rd. Well done girls. In the Radial fleet, which was stacked with squad sailors from all over the country (and World), Ollie got an absolute cracking start at the pin in Race 5 and lead the fleet right up the last bottom mark rounding. Some boats managed to get an overlap and push him back to 4th, but it was still a great result given the extremely high quality of the fleet. In the Standard fleet, Chris came out on top of the RPA sailors, just missing a 3rd place overall on count back, with Jan only 1 point behind. Those results basically summed up the whole weekend, great racing, great conditions and great fun. By the last race of the day, the breeze was really building and made everyone work hard right up to the end of the regatta. For those who know Georges River, dragging boats up across the sand at the end was probably the hardest part !
If you are an aspiring Laser sailor, you should seriously think about entering some of these regattas as they are a great opportunity to accelerate your skills in large competitive fleets. If you have any questions or are after some tips, please don’t be shy and ask some of the older sailors down on the lawn, we won’t bite.
Written by Steve Bryant
Full Results Here
Article from Laser Association
98 Lasers competed in the NSW & ACT State Championships at Georges River Sailing Club over the weekend of 9-10 November.
The six scheduled races were completed in nice SE breezes ranging between 8 and 14 knots.
The small but competitive fleet of 4.7′s had some great racing with the ultimate winner Ethan Lozevski from Woollahra SC and Dobroyd AC. Second was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and Double Bay SC and third a visitor from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Hamish Cowell. First female was fourth placed Olivia Williams from RPAYC.
The Radial fleet of 52 saw some very tight racing and lots of black flag starts. The winner by just two points was Jack Littlechild from RSYS, DBSC and RANSA. Second was Daniel Costandi RSYS, DBSC and GRSC and third was Sofiane Karim a visitor from Société des Régates d’Antibes - Côte d’Azur France. First female was fifth place Marlena Berzins from RSYS and DBSC.
The convincing winner in the Standards was Campbell Patton from DBSC. Campbell won five of the six races and dropped his worst place 2nd. Second was Gavin Blake also from DBSC followed by a strong supporter of our events Victorian Steve Gunther from Port Melbourne YC. Behind Campbell there was very close racing with just six points between 2nd and 6th place.
The full results for the event are:
There are lots of photos of the event by Jon West HERE.