The second Travellers Trophy of the Optimist season - 'TT2' was held at the Squadron on Sunday 25 August. 76 Optimist dinghy sailors registered to compete.
RSYS and the Sailing Office should be congratulated for organising and hosting a terrific and well run regatta. It is wonderful that so many parents and supporters volunteered, including some Laser sailors, other parents and friends, and even the parents of former sailors.
Many boats arrived across the Harbour from clubs such as Woollahra, Cranbrook and Hunters Hill, and it was all hands on deck to ensure that those who arrived by road were greeted by a phalanx of helpers on Peel St.
The breakfast BBQ fired up early and the coffee aromas streamed out of the CCA as sailors and their supporters enjoyed the superb sunny conditions. Everything was ready to go after the 10.30am briefing, except for one key ingredient - the wind!
RSYS turns Opti!
By about 12.10pm the wind finally came in and everyone launched without a hitch. The fleet met a very strong southerly and completed the five races in Athol Bay in fine style. It did prove a bit strong for the 17 Green fleet entries who did launch, but struggled with the conditions and came home early - a bit wet and weary.
Five RSYS sailors entered Intermediate fleet, and again TJ Ly showed great improvement finishing overall 6th with a top finish 3rd. Raphael McLachlan and Thomas Flannery were toe to toe in the middle of the fleet.
Doug Cassidy and Oliver McLachlan competing for the bottom mark
Seven from RSYS entered the Open competition, and Benedict McKay was the top finisher, overall 12th in a great return to form. Austen Cross from RPAYC won the day with three firsts and second, and Stella Hurley from HHSC finished in overall second place.
Article and photos by the Youth and Dinghy Sailing Committee