2016 F16 Australian Championships

Held at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club March 25-27th, located 3 hours east of Melbourne GLYC hosted the event.

With a smaller fleet than usual gathering on the shores of the biggest inland lake system in Australia. It may have been a small fleet but the series was highlighted with very close racing in the tricky southerly breezes that hovered between 8 knots to 18knots over the three days, with four afternoon races a day scheduled on each day.

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Consistency was to pay off in the end to those who mastered the conditions. Jack Felsenthal and new crew for the event, Shaun Connor held off a very improved Brett Goodall/Christa Van Helden with Tayla/Gavin Rietman   along with Jack Challands/Harrison Rietman and also Chelsea Haynes/Nathan Penno all trading places on the course throughout the three days.

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The crews enjoyed the flat water and shifty conditions testing their skills and concentration even in a comfortable position crews found gains and loses were the norm. Jack and Shaun handled the conditions the better showing on their scorecard.  All in All the fleet was very competitive.

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With some crews heading to Belgium in July for the F16 Worlds, Australia will be well represented. Australia in particular Melbourne will be bidding for the 2018 Worlds.

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Thanks to the Race Committee and members of the GLYC on a great event!