Five Lasers from RPAYC made the trip down the Federal Highway to the Nations Capital for the NSW and ACT Laser Association State Titles. The regatta was held at the Canberra Yacht Club on Lake Burley Griffin. The event was in two parts, Saturday was too much breeze and Sunday there was none.
Saturday saw a NW breeze which came through in fronts with wind gusting to 30 knots and then down to 15 knots in between the fronts. There was plenty of capsizing, plenty of broken gear and plenty of worn out and exhausted sailors. The courses were a trapezoid course set very narrow as there is not much room on the lake. The 4.7’s and Radials did Outer 2 and Outer 3 courses and the Standards did Inner 3 courses. Four races were held on Saturday for the 4.7s and Radials, and three for the Standards.
On Sunday we all rigged ready to go for the 11am starters gun, but the wind failed to eventuate. AP went up on shore and we all sat around and waited. Eventually when the wind started to look promising, some went out for a sail, but the wind soon shut down again and failed to produce a steady enough direction for a state championship regatta. At 2pm the started called the day off, so we all packed up and headed back to Sydney.
In the 4.7s on Saturday, best results were from Oli Gordon who finished 5th overall, then Morgan Wells who finished 7th overall (1st U18), and Bayley Taylor who finished 14th. Bayley demonstrated some swimming ability trying to swim after her capsized boat during a 30knot squall but eventually gave up and was rescued by one of the rescue boats to take her back to her boat, and she decided to return to shore during the third race completely exhausted.
The other two sailors from RPAYC were in the Standard fleet. Steve Bryant finished 13th after completing the first two races with a 4th and a 9th, but during the third race suffered a nasty head bump and gash to his head from his boom and returned to shore stunned and dazed. Dave Taylor broke his mast off just above the deck in the final lap of race 1 and therefore failed to complete a race in this year’s state titles.
Thanks to Canberra Yacht Club for having us there, a pity the wind could not have been a bit kinder for the full regatta to be held.