The Mercedes-Benz Mornington CBA National Championships were held 28-29 December, one of the few National Championships that will be held this summer with 25 Div 1 boats and 18 Div 2 boats.
We had great racing completing two races on Day 1 and after waiting for the breeze to fill in, two races the next day to complete the series and allow boats to discard their worst score.
The conditions allowed for four windward leewards which were held in Sorrento Championship conditions, tide and wind twisting and curling up and down the race course.
In Div 1, first place was a tie break between Wagtail and Rhapsody, both on 7 points going in Wagtail’s favour. Mystify was third with 9 points.
In Div 2 it was even closer with Aliscia and Lucy scoring a dead heat in the last race, just one slightly better or slightly slower manoeuvre in that race would have flipped the Championship. Aliscia took the series win with Lucy oh so close and Duchess putting in a great performance from new owner Sally Law.
Series results were:
1st Wagtail C86 Nick Williams
2nd Rhapsody C1999 Colin Mitchell
3rd Mystify C888 Bernie O’Hanlon
Line Honours: Wagtail C86 Nick Williams
1st Aliscia C33 Michael Cantwell
2nd Lucy C31 Michael Golding
3rd Duchess C21 Sally Law
Line Honours: Aliscia C33 Michael Cantwell
Thank you to Mercedes-Benz Mornington for their ongoing support. Mercedes-Benz Mornington displayed some of their current vehicles on the lawn for Members and guests to peruse over the two days. Chris Thoday and David Faorlin from Mercedes-Benz Mornington enjoyed entertaining some of their ambassadors on the water whilst watching the racing, on board Milton Green’s launch, Sandpiper. Thank you Milton for your hospitality. Chris celebrated a milestone birthday on the second day, and loves nothing more that being at SSCBC, being part of the action of the Nationals, entertaining his guests and providing generous rewards for the sailors at the presentations, both in terms of prizes and refreshments. Chris reminded sailors that $1,000 is paid back to the Club for every vehicle, new or used, sold to an SSCBC Member or acquaintance. If you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, get in touch with Chris at Mercedes-Benz Mornington.