Reported in part by laser.asn.au
The NSW & ACT Metropolitan Championships were held over the weekend of 17-18th March at Drummoyne Sailing Club. There were 77 entries for the event over the three fleets – 4.7 – 20 entries, Radial – 33 entries, Standard – 24 entries.
The regatta was in two parts with a gentle 9-12 knot easterly on Saturday followed by a boisterous 18 gusting to 30 knot north westerly on Sunday.
RO Col Chidgey set the sailors some challenges. Considering the tight race track defined by the west harbour islands and the many moored craft Col opted for journey courses rather than our normal trapezoid (essentially windward and return courses). There were two days of starboard rounding courses. This combined with restrictions on sailing inside moorings (including very many with little more than a small red float to mark them) lead sailors to refresh their knowledge of RRS rules which we seldom need to consider in our events. Some sailors managed the new situations and environment better than others.
Five races, of the scheduled six, were completed – two on Saturday and three on Sunday.
DBSC’s 4.7 fleet dominated with Daniel Costandi, Jack Ferguson, Sylvie Stannage, Brooke Wilson, Mina Ferguson, and Ryan Littlechild taking home 1st to 6th place in that order. The other highest placed DBSC boats were Jack Littlechild who was 4th in the Radials and Hadrien Bouvely who was 8th in the Full Rigs. Congrats to all who participated.