Our 52nd Victorian Flying 15 Championships was conducted from Davey’s Bay Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay.
25 crews attended the 9 race championship with two dropped races, sailed in predominately fresh to solid 15/18 knot conditions with two of the 9 races held in sub 6 knot winds.
Peter Milne & Phillip Dubbin won the championship with a race to spare in convincing style – 4, wins, a 2nd, 5th & 7th totally 18 points using an Epsilon mast with P&B older full main, large spinnaker & new med jib.
2nd, 3rd & 4th were separated by one point only.
Sue Thompson & Cameron Taylor, 24 points, (combination Goacher & Irwin sails)
Craig & Ian Rainey, 25 points- Alto mast, P&B med. main, med. jib with large spinnaker
David Williamson & Craig Morton, 25 points-Alto mast, P&B full main, med. jib & large spinnaker.
(another 3 boats in the top ten were using full compliments of P&B sails, two also using Alto mast’s.)
With Milne/Dubbin electing not to sail the last race, Williamson/Morton had a 4 point buffer in second from Thompson & the Rainey’s tied for 3rd place.
After several restart’s the fleet finally got away in failing winds. Williamson/Morton rounded the top mark for the return in 12th well behind the 3rd place boats and elected to sail the opposite side of the course and rounded 3rd (new spinnaker !!) and in front of the boats they needed to beat. The breeze started to die though and Williamson/Morton slipped back to 8th.
It was a series where consistency was going to pay, and all the podium winners scored a win at some point in the series.
A great weekend enjoyed by all, with lots of talk about mast’s and different size genoa’s… Milne and Williamson both switched from full to medium P&B genoas for the event.
Report by David Williamson