While many of us used Christmas & New year to relax and unwind, many Brighton members were ‘pedal to the metal’, gearing up for their class national championships, vying to be the best sailor/s in their class.
A large number of the championships were held in Tasmania this year, with the 9ers and 420s competing for their class crowns at Royal Yacht club of Tasmania in Hobart, the Lasers in Devonport, and the Optimists at Sandy Bay Sailing Club.
In the 49ers VIS athletes and RBYC members James Grogan and Charlie Dixon fought hard in the Victorian dominated nine boat fleet, to finish 2nd behind the Sorrento based Phillips brothers, who won all 14 races. In 3rd overall were James and Charlie’s fellow team members Oliver Manton and Jack Lloyd, who sailed well, clearly ahead of the remainder of the fleet. Post regatta, the boys have packed their boat in a container bound for New Zealand, where they will sail a number of events, including the NZ Nationals in the coming weeks. The club wishes the best of luck to both crews, who we are sure will do the club proud.
In the 49erFX, more VIS and Brighton members competed, experiencing success. The Laura’s (Harding and Thomson) finished 3rd overall on count back, after an unfortunate capsize in the final race giving their Tasmanian counterparts an opening to finish on equal points with an extra race win in hand. Credit to the girls who still had their big smiles post race. The knew pairing of Ella Grimshaw and Henry Larkings finished close behind in 4th overall.
For the 29ers, Vic Sailing Team and Brighton members Zac Heyes and Ethan Hosking were the 1st Victorian pairing in 13th overall in the 48 boat fleet.
9er Nationals results – click here
Also at RYCT was the 420 Nationals running simultaneously. the 30 boat fleet was well represented by all states with a number of Brighton sailors involved. Finn McMahon and his crew finished 21st overall, Will Pratt and Henri Johnston in 16th, James Jackson and Harrison Chapman in 13th. The Junior team of Linus Talacko and Lachie Grogan sailed an excellent regatta, being a fairly new team in the class, finishing 8th overall and 1st Junior crew.
420 Nationals results – click here
Held at Sandy Bay Sailing Club in Tasmania, 240 plus boat across the open, intermediate and Green fleets, took part in racing across 5 days. In the intermediate fleet Oscar Cowling finished 20th overall and Sarah Goss 12th overall, both sailing well in the 60 boat fleet. In the Open Division, 9 juniors from RBYC competed across silver and gold fleets with great performances by all. standouts were Phillip Cripsey in 16th and Matty Goss in 9th overall.
for Optimist Nationals results – click here
RBYC congratulates all its members on their achievements over the championship period and look forward to welcoming them back to celebrate.