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Lady Stonehaven Cup: RBYC brings the trophy back!

Written by Ken Williamson

As a result of a considerably reduced sailing year due to Covid disruption, RBYC OTB committee proposed conducting the Lady Stonehaven Cup Victorian Championship regatta. The event was for the youth sailing groups from around the bay sailing RS Quest dinghies. Even with the very short notice of event it managed to attract over 30 kids, mainly from RBYC and RMYS.

Many thanks to the organising groups of RBYC and RMYS, particularly the RBYC sailing office, Francesco Battaglini RBYC Training Manager, Chad Humphrey and Paul Woodman for organising the event. 

In addition, many thanks to the Race officer, John Spencer and his team, RBYC Coach Laura Thomson and the many other volunteers, including parents, from all clubs who gave their time to conduct the regatta. This event wouldn’t happen without you.

Race 1 and Race 2 (abandoned) Saturday 6th March

Winds South east 10 knots with 15-22 knots gusts, sunny.

The visiting RMYS fleet arrived early and parked on the beach. RBYC fleet also started early and parked on the beach, rigged up and had their team briefing in the morning in readiness for the race briefing and 1 pm start. All went to plan and the competitors hit the water to enjoy some initial breezes for the forecast 14 knot day. Race 1 course 2 was a clean start with no recalls, good upwind and downwind legs, close racing and good spinnaker practice for all.  Results:

  1. Greg Hennessy Q1003, RBYC, Scarlett Walch, Crew Mietta Rael, Veronika Cena Bandosz
  2. John Ackhurst Q1472 RBYC, Morgan Williamson, Frank Zheng, Alex Zhao
  3. Scarlett RMYS, Gus Wahlqvist, Nick Maria, Lachie Skerritt

Race 2 commenced with course 2 and the fleet sailed through the first leg with a few boats reaching the windward mark and a few others capsizing as the wind strength increased to 20+ knot gusts. This led to the race being abandoned and the fleet being sent to shore for the remainder of the day. All crews showed great resilience, team spirit and effort in righting boats and then sailing their boat back to RBYC.

Race 3, Sunday March 7th  

Morning cool sunny conditions light breeze then no wind.

Racing postponed in the morning, fleet sailed to shore.

AP down, the fleet sailed back out after an early lunch for the afternoon racing, variable southerly wind of 5-10 knot breezes. Race three commenced with a clear start single windward return good practice and less challenging than the day before.

Results:

  1. Harmony 1058, RBYC, Fergus Stewart Aiden Huzzard Aaron Whitehouse
  2. Heather 1035 RMYS, Alex Ward Swanee, Julia Malone, Carli Preston.
  3. John Ackhurst Q1472 RBYC. Morgan Williamson, Frank Zheng, Alex Zhao.

Race 4

A clear start from all fleet. Light winds 5-10 knot southerly. Great competitiveness through the first leg as the lead swapped and changed as the crews grew confident with the conditions. Spinnaker set test the crew knowledge and appropriate angles to sail to the bottom mark. A good test for crews in their tactics for all legs.

Results:

  1. Questionable Q998, RBYC, Nick Michele, Nathan Stanford, Anthony Simopoulos
  2. Heather Q1035, RMYS, Alex Ward Swanee, Julia Malone, Carli Preston
  3. John Ackhurst Q1472 RBYC. Morgan Williamson, Frank Zheng, Alex Zhao

Race 5

A clear start from all fleet. Light winds 5-10 knot southerly. Final race of the day. As the fleet had improved the space between boat closed and the fleet became tighter around the course. Close racing with spinnaker work testing crews downwind in the light conditions.

Results:

  • Questionable Q998, RBYC, Nick Michele, Nathan Stanford, Anthony Simopoulos
  • Heather Q1035, RMYS, Alex Ward Swanee, Julia Malone, Carli Preston
  • Scarlett RMYS, Gus Wahlqvist, Nick Maria, Lachie Skerritt

Final results

First and winner of the Lady Stonehaven Cup,

Questionable Q998, RBYC, Nick Michele (Lucas Laveglia), Nathan Stanford, Anthony Simopoulos.

Second 1035 Heather, RMYS, Alex Ward Swanee, Julia Malone, Carli Preston.

Third John Ackhurst Q1472 RBYC. Morgan Williamson, Frank Zheng, Alex Zhao. Decided following protest between Greg Hennessy RBYC and Harmony RBYC.