Story by Ben Jones
Mornington Yacht Club hosted the 2023 Optimist Dinghy Victorian Championships over the Labour Day long weekend.
78 entries were spread across three Optimist fleets with competitors coming from WA, SA, Tasmania, NSW and all over Victoria. After some very challenging weather for the Schnapper Point Regatta four weeks earlier this weekend had the Open & Intermediate fleets competing in more favourable winds ranging from 5-18 knots.
The more advanced sailors completed 8 championship-length races, and for the fun Green fleet, 20 entrants competed in 11 races on the more sheltered waters off Red Bluff. For many competitors it was their first regatta and a great opportunity for them to begin their competitive sailing journey.
Results for the Championships can be found on the club’s website