Day one of the Capital Insurance Brokers ACT Optimist Championships got underway today, with a record-breaking one design fleet of 126 boats on Lake Burley Griffin.
What an amazing sight it was to see all 126 competitors and their families readying for racing, even with a breeze that was delayed. Kids played soccer, while parents relaxed on their deck chairs waiting for the breeze to fill in.
The northwesterly gradient battled with the easterly sea breeze until well after 3pm, but the patience of the race committee (and Optimist families) was rewarded with two races being tallied on the board practically right in front of a huge spectator fleet on the greens of the club.
“We sat on the water for an hour, then the race committee sent us home,” said Daryl Roos, a coach of the Canberra Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Program and Opti parent.
“As soon as we hit the beach the breeze filled, but the RC were ready, and managed to get two really tight races away in 5-10 knots”.
Stay tuned for a full wrap of the event, including interviews with the competitors and Optimist parents who have travelled from all over the state of NSW to take part in this regatta, known for a gentle introduction into sailing away from home.
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