It’s hard to mention everyone and apologies if I missed you. John Mills travelled every day from the other side of the city leaving before 5am. Ben Jones and Mel Hitchen-Haw worked well before the event. Mel set a new standard with the food ordering and coordination amongst many other roles. Ben was last to leave on Sunday afternoon. Young Phoebe Cameron (youngest Volunteer) from Davey’s Bay did three days on the finish boat. Geoff Eldridge and Glenys Hitchen as race officers. AS Judges, especially Luke Tupper had massive input to the event. Ross Kilbourn put in some big hours on the BBQ, as well as Simon Lee, Michelle Jackson, and Shelia Young who did more than one shift, and many others did an hour or 4. Immi Weber spent three days on the change over boat, co-ordinating the essential task of working out who was sailing next. Eick re-built many Pacers. Private Ribs were donated. Maureen Cooper, Brain Fraser, contributed as did so many others, Andrew even looked at a head wound from NSW on Friday via zoom.
On Saturday the club had Hobson’s Bay arrive, our club Keelboats racing around the bay, as well as this large event, and yet not a crossed word. The whole team worked together so well, with the sport and club the winners.
In the end, as nav. lights where being considered, the Peninsula Grammar School came out winners with a number of MYC members in that team:
The MYC sailors in school sailing:
From PGS were Ada Edwards, Will White, Ella Bremen, Jack Eickmeyer, James Jackson and Lachie Weber.
From Haileybury - Heath Jones.
From Toorak - Liv Cameron
From Woodleigh - Lucy Laverty, Daniel Laverty, Sassy Taylor, Digby Taylor and Leigh Harvey.
The racing in the finals was at times high pressure, umpire flags waving, loud voices, penalty turns, changing positions happening at a speed that was hard to stay on top of. In the 4th final race Peninsula (with 4 out of 6 MYC members) went from a losing position, to taking out the title in the last minute before the finish line.
Over 15 years since Junior sailing at the club was virtually restarted from scratch, it has had some wonderful achievements, and that continues to be the case. We can be, and should be proud of our Club and its sailors . Back to work and schools today for a rest. Was it worth it? I think so.
Thanks to all involved,
Yours in Sailing