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.
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.
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.
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.