Round 2 MJ NSW State Championships - Avalon
Avalon Sailing Club turned on the weather for a picturesque regatta in the pristine Pittwater for Round 2 of the MJ States on 22/23 Nov 2014 . Thanks to the well-oiled machine of volunteers for getting us all onto the club deck in time for a smooth start on Saturday morning and a picnic lunch on the beach up north of the club between races!!
Conditions on Day 1 were almost perfect – Sunny with a light SE seabreeze. Some in the fleet would have preferred a few more white caps but you can’t please everyone. 1 race either side of lunch produced zero capsizes and very tactical racing in light variable winds. Lots of lead and position changes made for competitive racing and kept spectators on the edge of their gunwales. Day 2 weather was almost too perfect – sunny and clear with very light and variable winds. Winds were so light that the race committee only got a race started at 2.30pm – 3 hours behind schedule. Then unfortunately it had to be abandoned as the fleet only progressed centimetres over the start line. 10 minutes later we gave up and headed home. Still, all was not lost – kids had a blast swimming and playing games with their boats while parents got some desperately-needed chill-time.
At the top of the open fleet the competition was very close in the first half of both races with 5 boats having a taste of the lead at some point – Another Dark and Stormy (Alex Hart), Firefly (Hugo Taranto), Five Star (Alastair Hunter), Shotgun (Jake Barnabas) and Wicked (Jesse Dransfield). However, Firefly prevailed in both and took 2 out of 2 wins. For further results have a look at the results page.
Avalon Hospitality was always friendly and homely and the Regatta and racing execution went very well thanks to all volunteers. MJs can’t wait to return to Avalon in seasons to come. See you all at Middle Harbour for the Nationals and then Point Woolley for the conclusion to a fascinating State Titles series.
For a complete report see event home page
Round 1 MJ NSW State Championship - Port Kembla
Port Kembla Sailing Club yet again produced an awesome regatta for Round 1 of the MJ States. Thanks to the volunteer army for providing that signature hospitality!!
High winds on Day 1 produced a shortened course for race 1 and the abandonment of Race 2 for the Novices due to fresh SE winds approaching 20 knots. Lots of choc-tops and retirements. The Open fleet powered on and put in 2 exhilarating high-octane races – some fast shy-reaching on the triangles. Day 2 was lighter and allowed the Novice to complete 2 clean races with massive improvements in skills all round.
At the top of the open fleet the competition was very close between the top 2 boats – Wicked (Jesse Dransfield) winning 2 and Firefly (Hugo Taranto) taking his first win in State Champs races. For further results have a look at the results page.
Regatta and racing execution was fantastically smooth thanks to all volunteers. All agreed that it was yet another extraordinarily successful MJ Regatta. See you all at Avalon.
For the complete report please look on the event home page
The Winter Training was hosted by the Manly 16' skiff Club and Manly Yacht Club. These took place on the 27/7/14 and 10/8/14
We had 2 great days of training up to 33 boats on the water from many different clubs. The skill level ranged from Rookie through to the front of the fleet. We saw some great improvements over the 2 days.
Dates for this Season
Round 1. Port Kembla Sailing Club – 25th & 26th October, 2014
Round 2. Avalon Sailing Club - 22nd & 23rd November, 2014
Round 3. Pt. Wolstoncroft – 14th – 15th February, 2015
Middle Harbour – 27th – 30th December, 2014
MJ Nationals Video
Click here to watch a great video of the Nationals created by Niall Powers. If you would like a DVD copy of it please contact Niall on email@example.com. He will charge a nominal cost of $4 to cover his costs. Thanks Niall
October 2013 Newsletter (update)
Congratulations to 12 year old Jacina Oliveri and her brother Jante from Port Kembla who won the MG State Titles on handicap on the weekend. What a big step from skippering an MJ in the Novice Fleet to skippering an MG – well done Jacina.
Zac Barnabas and Oscar Triglone
for winning the 2013 MJ National Championships and the 2013/14 NSW State Championships
Lots of Photos on the pictures page
Some Great Sailing at this weekend Round of the States in Manly Cove. Thank you to all the Volunteers that worked so hard to make a great weekend. Lots of Pictures can be found here
More pictures from the 2nd round of the States at Manly from Genelle Aldred - Thanks Genelle