The fourth round of the Goolwa Aquatic Club Sailing Winter Series took place on Sunday in very light conditions | Time


The fourth round of the Goolwa Aquatic Club Sailing (GAC) Winter Series took place in very light conditions on Sunday.

Perhaps due to the gloomy weather forecast, the number of fleets was on the decline, with just eight boats in the combined senior and intermediate fleet and six Optimists.

Fortunately, the rain mostly held out and the wind lasted just long enough for three races to be completed.

In the senior fleet, Matt Young, captain of Tasar ‘Magic’ with crew Tom, had a successful day on the water, consistently showing high boat speed in low light conditions to narrowly beat Mark Homes ( Saber) and Cadan Smith (Laser Radial), who tied for second in handicap.

“Magic” was also the first in the yardstick; James Veale in a square-roofed Saber also showed a good touch in the light conditions to take second place, with Mark Homes coming in third.

Local legends Peg Offler and Bryan Lindsay in Tasar ‘White Sapphire’ shone at times, with a second place finish in Race 2, but struggled to match ‘Magic’ for speed.

Mitchell Kelsey and Lucas Byrne, the younger ‘Duke’ sailing in the senior fleet due to low turnout, had an impressive handicap first in Race 1.

Sebastian Nottage with a convincing lead in the Optimist fleet. PHOTO: David Steele.

The junior fleet consisted of six Optimist dinghies, all from local clubs Adelaide Sailing Club and Brighton Seacliff Yacht Club, which have bolstered the local fleet this season.

Sebastian Nottage, who recently won the Intermediate division at the Opti Frostbite event, was first in handicap and claimed an impressive victory in Race 3. Sophia Homes was second in handicap, Will Sayers third.

By yardstick, Mitchell Young took first place, the overall winner of Frostbite, Toby Phillips second and Sebastian Nottage third.

The fifth and final round of the GAC winter sailing season will be held on July 11, with season presentations and an AGM to follow.

This follows the very successful Optimist Frostbite 2021 Regatta held over the June long weekend at the Goolwa Aquatic Club.

The popularity of the event may have been due to the emphasis on training and fun rather than strict competition, with a team of specialist junior coaches on hand to help new sailors understand the fundamentals. of the race.

For several years, the regatta has included a pirate-themed adventure sail.

This year’s event attracted over 60 Sailors ranging up to age 14, the limit for Optimist races. The sailors were divided into four fleets based on experience, with 18 competitors in the open fleet, 10 in intermediate and 36 of the youngest or less experienced skippers divided into the green and orange fleets.


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