The weekend of the GANT Portsea Cup kicked off with the breakfast in dining room this year, with Andrew Plympton AM interviewing the inspiring Jessica Watson OAM, who told us all about her adventures sailing solo around the World as a 16 year old. Incredible. Sailing was abandoned on the Saturday but re-sailed on Sunday at 1000hrs, prior to the GANT Portsea Cup Quarantine picnic and presentation. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough wind for Div 2 to get a sail in, so Div 2 will be re-sailed another day.
Div 1 Handicap was won by Sorrento, skippered by 17 year old Lauchie Vaughan. 2nd place went to our Western Australia friends, Southerly, and 3rd Margarita with Harry Mighell at the helm. Line Honours in Div 1 went to Romy, with Jack Abbott in charge of tactics on the day. Great to see so many of our Next Gen sailors participating in this iconic race.
The picnic was a little chilly but a huge thank you must go to Sally Meaden from Takn2Market and Andrew, Mandy and Charles Gray from Raw Materials who did do well catering for everyone. We all enjoyed arancini ball and delicious pizza throughout the afternoon, with soulful tunes from Emanuella. We collected money on the day towards the Club’s fundraising effort, raising much needed funds for the bush fire victims. All up the Club raised $4,302 over the weekend for the Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery fund. Thank you to GANT for their support and generously donating $1,000 too.
Click here for the Sail-World article. Thank you Alex McKinnon Photography for attending over the weekend.