As sailors arrived at RVYC for the annual Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series event, the first question on everyone’s lips was “is there going to be any sailing as there is no wind?” With Ian Bullock, a well known National Race Officer at the helm, we were confident that he would do all in his power to get the kids sailing.
With a few zephyrs of wind appearing on the water, the signal was given to launch and an intrepid 32 sailors headed into the Solent. With the prospect of only very light airs and Sunday looking like no wind, the goal was to secure as many races as possible could happen on the Saturday. During the day the wind only topped 8kts but much of the time it was in the region of 4-6 knots which against the tide was a huge challenge for the sailors.
The main fleet had a number of zone squad sailors fighting it out with Matthias Potter and Cameron Hook both securing firsts in all the races between them. Arthur Farley was keen to get a strong finish in what was going to be one of his last events in an Optimist before moving to a larger laser. Matthias from Warsash sailing club sneaked the overall win from Cameron of Gurnard Sailing club and Arthur from RVYC secured third. Annabel Vines was top girl in 4th place with a best finish of a second.
In the regatta fleet which is the launch pad to Optimist sailors going on to compete in the more challenging main fleet, competition was very tight between Findlay Bignold-Kyles and Sabine Potter. With 17 of the 23 entries in regatta fleet coming from off the island, it meant it was tough going for an RVYC sailor to push up the rankings with so much strong competition. However, Finn Evans was keen to put in a very solid performance to secure a strong 3rd place overall for his home club. Regatta fleet also welcomed a number of younger sailors with the lowest being a mighty six years old.
Well done to all of them! We look forward to welcoming all the sailors back in 2017.