Competitors from across Victoria converged at the Ballaarat Yacht Club over the weekend, vying for shields and a chance to progress to the Australian HANSA championships.
Charlie Weatherly senior instructor at the Ballaarat Yacht Club said this competition was first held in Ballarat in the year 2000.
“Just under 30 craft competed for state shields in 4 international classes – Liberty (12 foot), 303 (10 foot), 303 (doubles) and the 2.3 and inside that we had a female competition as well as a youth award,” he said.
“Everybody was really pleased with how the event proceeded; Victoria has had the best and strongest team in the last two Nationals .
“The program started here and it’s now an international class and (World Championships) has just been held in Japan and Victoria had a very strong team as part of the Australian representatives.”
In the weekend’s competition local sailors did very well and “cleaned up the 2.3, the Liberty fleet was taken away by Cairn Curran and Docklands, the 303 fleet by Mordialloc and then the doubles by Mordialloc, as well.”
The weather as perfect for sailing and brought out good competition and a very strong fleet.
“There was no free lunch in any division. I came fourth in world championships in Japan recently and the best I could do (over weekend) is third,” Mr Weatherly explained.
Lake Wendouree was awash with colour and spectators as the rowing regatta was also held over the weekend.
“The Lake is big enough for everyone to use and if people observe the rules of the waterways – rowing boats have right of way over sail – there is no problem,” Mr Weatherly said.
“The Lake has a clear rowing course, access lanes and plenty of room for us to share.
“Council did a magnificent job of preparing. The decision was made to have the championships over 12 months ago and council has spent the last month clearing the inside of the lake, and it was beautifully prepared and cut to depth.”
Ballaarat Yacht Club members are now preparing for the Jubliee Nationals and a junior carnival at Mornington.
“Then at Easter time I am hoping we will take some of our junior sailors to Western Australia, but that is a big ask,” Mr Weatherly explained.
“My daughter Alison who began her sailing career in Ballarat and now sails for Geelong (also a member of the Australian Para Sailing Squad), and my wife Di (who is also an accomplished sailor and sailed in the Liberty fleet over the weekend) will be going to WA.”
Russell Denholm Can
Russell Philips Dock
Robbie Eadie Tas
Shauna Philips Dock
Di Weatherly Ball
Stephen Griffiths Dock
Bruce James Haz
Charlie Weatherly Ball
Alison Weatherly Geel
Joel Harbour Ball
Tracy Leviston Ball
Lewis Patterson Dock
David Hales Dock
Stuart Cathie Alb
Christine Elliott Stephen Dock
Sarah Millsom Craig Haz
Carl Russell Roy Shep
Mathew Bush Rod Shep
Alison Weatherly David Gee