Daveys Bay Yacht Club backed up their Lidgett Cup regatta with a hosting of the Victorian International Optimist Association Championships. A few years ago a fleet of 15-20 boats would have been a good fleet. However in 2009 63 Optimists took the water with entrants from NSW and Qld making the trip to Victoria. 35 boats were in the Green Fleet and 28 in the Open fleet. Ben Hartnett sailed in the Open division having a steep learning curve but finishing 4th in one heat. Finn Hartnett teamed up with Charlotte Bond in the Green Fleet and they sailed there first state titles and had a ball.
Conditions were medium to light with choppy conditions on day one and flatter seas for day 2. James Oliver backed up his Lidgett Cup win with a first overall in the Open division followed by Lloyd Collings with Melissa Hitchen-Haw in third. Full results are at