Nine brand new RAYC Opti sailors took part in the Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta over the weekend. With nearly 500 total entries and 102 entries in the Opti Green Fleet, it was an utterly spectacular event.
With perfect sailing conditions on the first day, the race committee held three races for the Opti Green Fleet. Light winds delayed the start of day two however and racing didn’t get underway until midday. A well-oiled race committee still managed to complete an additional three races for the Opti Greens.
RAYC’s Opti kids attained some extremely good results:
Charlotte Greenwood – 25th
Logan Ross – 33rd
Leo Brown – 38th
Marco McLaren – 49th
Hailey Griffiths – 50th
Kelly Su – 58th
Vicki Chow – 77th
Oskar Masfen – 87th
Reuben Dempsey – 88th
We are super proud of all of you for stepping up and competing at your first regatta and we are looking forward to seeing you compete at more regattas!
In the RS Feva class, two RAYC teams battled it out all weekend for the top spot. Cameron Todd and Danny Su were neck-in-neck with Chloe Boyce and Holly Liefting. Going into the final race, Cameron and Danny held a single point advantage of Chloe and Holly. Chloe and Holly managed to hold off a very valiant overtaking attempt by Cameron and Danny to draw level on points and win the RS Feva Class on countback.
Chloe Boyce & Holly Liefting – 1st
Cameron Todd & Danny Su – 2nd
Tom Buchanan & Ben Fraser – 4th
Andre Bennett & Kate Martin – 6th
Poppy Hoskin was our sole Opti Open sailor and had a great regatta finishing 57th. Poppy has been training with Kohi fleet recently as she prepares for the Nationals over Easter 2018.
The 29er Fleet was particularly competitive with the top crews using this as their last training regatta in preparation for the upcoming 29er Worlds in Hong Kong. RAYC sailors Eli Liefting and Jack had mixed results in the first day but they improved throughout the regatta and their last race were placed 2nd to end up in 5th overall. Over the season they have been slowly creeping up the regatta leader boards and are now mixing it up with some of the best 29er sailors.
Only 2 boats were sailing in the Nacra 15 class and most of the racing was dominated by Henry Haslet and Greta Stewart as they prepare for the Youth Worlds next week. Hamish McLaren and Rebecca Morgan had a super last race winning comfortably.