SSCBC hosted the Victorian Laser Open & Masters State Championships over the weekend of 27 & 28 February 2021, and with there being no National Championships this year, it meant this was the main event for the year for the 78 participants. It is fair to say that the Race Committee and sailors had challenging conditions to race in, with a lack of breeze over the two days. On Saturday, the last boat hit the shore at 7pm and Sunday it was 5pm. It should be noted that all winners thanked our Race Officer, Peter Osbourne for getting in the series.
The Victorian Laser Association took the down time to christen their new fleet of five Lasers, which was lead by Club Member, Camilla Graves. These new boats will be used to develop the class and were purchased through VLA hosting several World Titles in 2020.
One of the reasons why we run events like this is to get as many SSCBC sailors out on the water. It was great to see 13 SSCBC sailors take part in the event and in particular, in the highly competitive Radial Fleet, which had eight SSCBC sailors. Jack Graves came out of retirement and finished an impressive 3rd overall but the lady who stole the show was Club Member Casey Imeneo. A special mention was made to Casey at the prize giving, as she made a massive effort to make her home State Titles and it was announced that she had joined the Australian Sailing Squad, which was well received by her peers. The other Laser State Champions for the 4.7 and full rig were Hamish Cowell and Matt Blakey.
Thank you to all staff and volunteers on the water, in the tower, in the race office and the all important car park!