For South Gippsland yacht, last Sunday was a day of firsts.
The first sailing day of the season was held in Anderson’s Inlet with the holding of Races 2 and 3 of the Knights of Leongatha Toyota Series.
As the club builds its junior members, Sunday was the day when one of those members, Aaron Lopez-Freeman, won his first 2 races in C Division in his own yacht, a Minnow.
Sunday also brought beautiful sunny weather with a nice steady breeze of between 8 and 12 knots from the Southwest. A first for many months.
Sailors had to negotiate challenging conditions with swells emanating from the combination of wind and tides and the ever changing sand banks.
In the first race of the day, 20 yachts were entered ranging from Catamarans, Lasers, NS14, Pacer and Minnows.
The results of Race 2 were:
A Division: First: Rob McNair, Windrush catamaran; second: Wayne Smith, Windrush Catamaran; third: Pete Kiely, Windrush catamaran
B Division: First: Andrew Biram, NS 14; second: Gary Plozza, Laser; third: Noel Owen: Impulse
C Division: First Aaron Lopez-Freeman, Minnow; second Abbey Argus-Smith, Laser 4.7; Oscar Perri, Laser 4.7
In the second race of the day, 19 yachts were entered.
The results of Race 3 were:
A Division: First: Rob McNair, Windrush catamaran; second: Craig Stewart; Mosquito catamaran; third: Pete Kiely, Windrush catamaran
B Division: First:Andrew Biram, NS 14; second: Gary Plozza, Laser; third: Matt Kiely, Impulse
C Division: First: Aaron Lopez-Freeman, Minnow;
Overall, all sailors had an exciting and challenging day. All sailors indicated they all looked forward to the races next Sunday and the rest of the sailing season