Congratulations to Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance who were the top placed all female crew at the Yngling Worlds in Riva, Lake Garda.
Karyn writes: 'Lake Garda is the most amazing place to sail. We were smashed on the start line with 47 boats. When we did get off the line we had good results of a 4 and a 7. Sailing in the thermal induced Ora wind, the race was a bit of a one way track to get to the right hand side of the course, so not many opportunities to climb the fleet after a poor start. We finished 19th overall and won the Linge Cup - Women's Perpetual World Championship Trophy (ie first all female team).
'Fellow RSYS Member Alan Reece sailed with his sons Michael and Jordan, finishing 27th. They were hampered by broken gear but did win the all important race back to the crane on the last day.
'International regattas are fun and worth the effort. We had eight nations competing: AUS, AUT, DEN, GER, NED, SLO, SUI & USA but when you get a bad start and have to go around marks five to ten boats wide, it is challenging.
'Also supporting us in Riva were International Yngling Association (IYA) secretary Chris Harper, IYA Communication and promotions Jan Harper (both RSYS), IYA Chief measurer Peter Carter and head of the International Jury for the regatta Steve Hatch. All helped us put on a great Australian Party.'