The Lidgett Trophy at Daveys Bay Yacht Club would have to rate as one of the most special events on the sailing calendar for Juniors – a must do event not to be missed. Its more an experience rather than another weekend sailing regatta.
Like the search for the perfect wave, the adventure begins with the drive down the steep, rough track through the trees to discover an amazing secluded little cove tucked beneath the cliffs of Mt Eliza. The tide then needs to be negotiated with the drive across the beach to reach the boat drop off point at the yacht club – a real hidden gem.
But its not just the amazing setting that makes the Lidgett trophy so special, the whole weekend is arguably one of the best organised and run events on the sailing calendar, both on and off the water.
For the 13 Minnows, day one consisted of light winds, coaching in the morning and 5 races in the afternoon. Just before the evening BBQ, the kids were privileged to have a special talk from World Youth 420 champion and ISAF Australian Female Sailor of the year, Carrie Smith.
Day 2 brought strong winds and exciting racing with plenty of big wave surfing, capsizes and thrills and spills. At lunchtime, the 150 Opti, Minnow and Sabot kids competed in the traditional wall sit and planking competition. Following the afternoon racing session, the kids were treated to an inspiring talk from legendary Victor Kovalenko, the world’s ‘greatest ever sailing coach’.
The trophy presentation concluded the event with James Hackett winning the advanced division from Ethan O'Brien on a countback. Liam O'Brien sailed a great regatta, winning a heat and placing third overall.
There were also great performances from Pippa Danks, Tori Campbell and Jade Telford, all winning trophies in the intermediates, along with Sally Danks and Jarvis Harrop in the novices.
A magical hidden place, fantastic organisation and a friendly family club all made for an experience to be remembered. Make sure you go next year!
The Victorian Minnow Sailing Association will hold it's AGM at the Minnow State Titles on 1st/2nd March at Parkdale Yacht Club. All MSA members are invited and encouraged to attend. The current committee invites nominations for the following positions, President, Secretary and General Commiittee positions with specific experience in Sponsorship and Website management.
Please find here a Committee Nomination Form to be downloaded and completed by interested parties: Vic MSA committee nomination form
This is to be returned to Danielle O'Brien by Monday 17th February. Forms can be emailed to Danielle.OBrien@cheproximity.com.au.
Results have been posted on the website and can be found here:
The Minnow Sailing Association state committees have discussed and agreed a change in the class rules which has been proposed to accommodate the safe construction of fibreglass boats.
The wording of clause iii a. under section "B Hull" will now read:
iii. The only holes permitted in the hull shall be as follows:-
(a) for the fitting of inspections hatches with screw sealing caps, a maximum diameter of 150mm, in the side tanks and main bulkheads only. 1 only in each side tank and a maximum of 2 in the main bulkhead of the front tank.
All rules documents published on this site will be updated as soon as practicable.
So the Minnow kids cracked the big time and were mixing it with the rockstars all weekend at the Sailing World Cup. Olympic medalists, Americas Cup heroes and sailing legends were on full display at the prestigious Sail Melbourne Regatta and it was an awesome experience for the kids to be competing alongside many of the world's sailing elite. It was also fantastic to see a strong turnout from the Minnows with a total of 29 boats including an exceptional effort from our interstate visitors from WA and NT. This was certainly no ordinary regatta with a total number of entries of 465 and the buzz around Sandringham Yacht Club was very exciting.
Light airs predominated sailing on day 1 and 2 making it tough going for the heavier kids who are just about kicking the side tanks out of their boats. Nevertheless Hayden Harding found a way of crossing the line first in heat 3 ahead of all the lightweight flyers and Ethan O'Brien was first at the first mark in two races on day 1 continuing his good form through the range of conditions.
Racing was very closely contested and of a high quality standard with 4 different heat winners and 7 different boats placing on the podium over the 6 races. Hamish Bolton performed very consistently with 3 fourths and a third place and Jack Challands showed that he's not finished with the Minnow yet with some outstanding performances including a 2nd and a 3rd. Anna O'brien continued to show her high potential in her 'oldest looking boat' in the fleet with a fourth place in heat 4.
There were two brand new, very smart looking Deryck South built boats that were launched at the regatta sailed by Kieren Bucktin and Dean Cowan, both from WA. Dean got his red boat firing with a 5th place in the final race knocking off the current national champion. It should be noted that Laura Harding was spotted coaching the West Australians post race - if this was a tactic to help beat her rival brother it was certainly successful.
Another highlight of racing was Sophia Burns nailing a start in textbook fashion - a highlight not so much because it was a fantastic start but because her dad was so ecstatic with excitement and proclaimed he could now die happy with his daughter's accomplishments as a sailor.It was great to see Tori Campbell step up from the Novice division in Darwin to be sailing around with the open fleet in her aptly named Bar Code. And thanks also from the 'Save the Dolphins Society' to Jaz Hackett who contributed to a cleaner Bay by managing to collect rubbish from the water during the races.
However probably the highlight of the regatta, and possibly the year, was the heat 6 performance by Jade Telford. After years of unsuccessfully coaching Jade to hike out in her boat, the miracle finally occured and there she was steaming up the final beat, hiking out to the toenails. Had the years of perseverance and patience from coaches finally paid off? When Jade was later asked on shore why the breakthrough, the reasoning was simple: 'I was in front of Luke and I wanted to make sure I beat him'. Hmmm, something to be said for figuring out the right psychology.
Unfortunately, Minnow racing was cancelled for day 3 bringing a premature end to a great regatta. However watching all the capsizes and carnage in the medal races off the balcony of Sandy Yacht Club was pretty good fallback entertainment for the day. Overall honours were awarded to Kieren Schortz, beating James Hackett on a countback with Laura Harding in third. Well done Kieren, James and Laura, the medal presentation on the podium was pretty special and no doubt this result throws the National Championship wide open with conditions likely to be a key factor. Its sure set up for an exciting and fun Nationals at Blairgowrie, see you all there.