Sail Melbourne 2010 ended with a bang then a light air day. On the Friday pm many of the fleet experienced a rain squall of 40-45 knots which apparently the race committee were unaware was heading their way. Thanks to all rescue craft and coach boats that rescued sailors and boats during the abandoned racing. As we were a coach boat on the Laser 4.7 course we did our share of rescuing even assisting a sinking 2.4metre which was fine. What was not so fine was that the 2.4m punched a hole in the pontoon of our rib and damaged the hull as we towed it to safety with its owner still in it bailing and we did not even receive any thanks for the rescue. Makes you wonder about some people in sailing doesn’t it.
The medal races were a closely fought affair especially in the Laser Open fleet and the Radials with Tom Burton sailing well to take second overall with Tom Slingsby third and Nick Thompson from England taking the honours overall. Sailing Shacks Ben Hartnett was 5th in the Laseer 4.7’s which was won easily by Queensland’s Madison Kennedy. Sailing Shack’s Finn Hartnett was second in the Optimist Green Fleet and Lachie Hartnett 7th with another SYC member Lachie Dare winning the event
. The invited classes had the honour of having Gold Medalist Malcolm Page present the trophies which was a bonus. In the Finn class Ben Ainslie was back to his winning form and setting the standard in the Finn class again! Big thanks to Ben for the way he was so accommodating with all the Optimist kids who were excited to have the Roger Federer of sailing in the same boat park. Full results of all classes is at http://www.sailmelnourne.com.au