Upcoming Minnow Events

 

To all Vic Minnow parents and sailors,

 

The below two Yachting Victoria events at McCrae Yacht Club are the next and final major events of the season, make sure you sign up for both.

 

1 Three day coaching clinic 8-10 April (registration closes 28 March)

2 Victorian Junior and Youth Championships 12-13 April (entries close 31 March)

 

For more information on the Coaching Clinic and the Victorian Junior and Youth Championships, click on the following link to the main page http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-10099-0-0-0&assoc=10099&sID=312362

 

The Magic of the Lidgett Trophy

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!

 

Peter Hackett

Victorian Minnow Sailing Association AGM

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.

2014 Musto Minnow National Championships Results

Results have been posted on the website and can be found here:

2014 Musto Minnow National Championships - Novice Results

2014 Musto Minnow National Championships - Open & Junior Results

Change to Minnow Class Rules

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.