All bid a sad farewell to yet another successful week at Geelong last night, the final trophies handed out to the successful entrants in various classes of this massive regatta, newly sponsored by Skandia.
In the AMS division of the Scotchmans Hill Series that finished with the Around Fixed Marks course late yesterday, John ROUSE'S Rouseabout 3 (MYC) took first place from Frank HAMMOND'S Horizon Sprint (RYCV) and Don JONES' Cadibarra (MYC). Rouse also claimed second place in the VYC class.
The VYC trophy went to Christian JACKSON'S Prowler (RGYC). Not only is Prowler the local boat, her owner Jackson, is making quite a name for himself on the ocean racing scene, a number of wins in the past twelve months, including nearly stealing the thunder from the Volvo 60, Indec, in the latest Indec Melbourne-Hobart race. Prowler, and Elliot 49, nearly claimed line honours when the breeze lightened, but the Gods blew more for Indec towards the end of the race.
Steve CHIODO'S Mistral (RBYC) took third place overall in VYC, with consistent placings throughout the windward/leeward, long race and fixed mark races in the seven race series.
The various Teams trophies series were all hotly contested, the major prize being the prestigious Geelong Advertiser Trophy, awarded to the club that overall performed best throughout the series. This year, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria was the proud recipient, David LE ROY excepting on behalf of the Club.
In a tight battle in the IRC Teams Event for the Snap Printing Series the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria team of Bruce TAYLOR'S Sydney 38 Chutzpah, Roger HICK'S Toe Cutter, Peter ABRAHAMS Empara and G PAUL'S Adams Den outclassed their many rivals to win the series by ten points to the Royal Brighton Yacht Club team of 38 Degrees South, Brighton Star, Indec Merit and Clockwork Orange.
Royal Geelong took out the Henri Lloyd Team Series in the VYC 1 division, the team consisting of Len KINT'S Advantedge, Kevin BELL'S Volante, John SYKE'S Jimmy Blacksmith and Brian MARSHMAN'S French Connection.
It was a victorious Sandringham Yacht Club that grabbed the Sunsail VYC 2 Division trophy, consisting of Tim LITTLE'S L'Attitude, Theordor KORBEL'S Lebrok, Phil BURKE'S Bali Dancer and Graeme Watt's Watermark II.
Skilled Trophy for AMS I Division Team went to the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria team of Frank HAMMOND'S Horizion Sprint, R. BARRETT'S Laurelle, A. LIDGETT'S Wake and P. DUSTING'S Valiant 7.
The Telstra Country Trophy for AMS 2 Division went to the Sandringham Yacht Club team of Luke REINEHR'S Intrusion, Gordon MATHER'S Revenge, Lowa PASZKO'S Rhiannon and Rod WARD'S Ida.
It was an all-local show in the Thunderbirds over the weekend, Tambo II, owned by Stephen HASSELL taking home first prize with a score of five from Darren PICKERING'S Larriken II - Pickering had a great week - he and his crew were selected by Skandia to represent at Skandia Cowes Week, which happens each August on the Isle of Wight. Pickering also helped bring Bruce TAYLOR'S Chuztpah home to a third and second overall in IRC and IMS respectively in the final race of the Scotchmans Hill Series. Stuart MINCHEN'S Catalyst finished third in the Thunderbirds series.
Eleven beautiful cruising yachts contested the five race Parks Victoria Trophy for Classic Yachts, Col BANDY'S Bungoona (RMYS) taking the trophy with nine points from Barry PURCELL'S Scimitar (RYCV) on 14 and Kent BACON'S Renene (SYC) third with 15 points. Col ANDERSON'S Acrospire III (RYCV) did not live up to expectation, finishing ninth overall, a fifth place her best result.
Sailing around Corio Bay, these yachts lent dignity and elegance to the regatta and they were a pleasing sight for many an onlooker, particularly for the non-sailing holiday makers in Geelong over the Australia Day weekend.
Fourteen Cadet Dinghies took the water at Skandia Geelong Week for their five race series on Corio Bay. The local girls, Genevieve POPP/Stephanie MARTIN sailing Atomic Genevieve took home the trophy, finishing their series a clear four places ahead of the second placed Midnight Magic, sailed by Michael MANT-SMITH/Luke HOCKEY (RGYC) and Zacherie ELSWORTHY/Thomas STUCHBERY (RGYC) third with 16 points.
A fleet of nineteen windsurfers contested a ten race series, only three women in the event that was cleanly won by Mark LLOYD on 12 points from Jason MORRIS with 17 and Nick BEZ taking third place on count back with 17 points. The windsurfers sailed on Corio Bay in mixed conditions over the weekend, Lloyd the outstanding performer with four wins, five second places and a third, which he used as his drop.
Competitors, officials, volunteers and sponsors alike enjoyed a fabulous weekend of sailing, all looking forward to next year's event.
For full information, results and photos go to the official Skandia Geelong Week website at the address below.