On day one of the four-race series conditions were perfect for sailing – it all changed the short week later.

On day one of the four-race series conditions were perfect for sailing – it all changed the short week later.

THE Australia Day Series and Gippsland Building Approvals Junior Series commenced with four races on January 23 and 24 January with the final two races on January 31.
The sailing on the first two-days was perfect with nice south westerly breezes in sparkling waters generated by lots of sunshine.
This sailing was being undertaken in parallel with the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta which was another successful regatta.
However, what a difference a week can make with weather conditions.
For the final races in the series the weather was turned on its head and the sailing on Sunday, January 31 provided a new challenge.
During the first race on Sunday the sailors really had to earn their results with light northerly breezes which can be a little gusty together with an outgoing tide.
The second race was started under nice westerly winds with threatening skies.
As predicted, a storm started to descend over the sailors with lightning in the distance.
Naturally the race was cut short for the safety of the sailors.

Results
Australia Day Series: A Division: 1st Shaun Freeman, Windrush catamaran; 2nd Rob McNair, Windrush catamaran.
B Division: 1st Ivan Abbott, Impulse; 2nd Paula Horton, Laser; 3rd John Fowler, Laser.
Gippsland Building Approvals Junior Series: 1st Oscar Llewellyn, Laser; 2nd Abbey Argus-Smith, Laser; 3rd Aaron Lopez-Freeman, Laser.