Congratulations to everyone who participated in, or supported, the Queensland Hobie Cat championships held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron over the Easter weekend.
To those of you who were racing, even if you didn’t complete all races, you did well in what were at times very challenging conditions. (I personally have never changed gears in a race or racing session so many times before.)
The attached photo of the rigging lawn on Day 1 (courtesy of Carolyn Peterson) pretty much sums it up.
The effort made by interstate and international sailors to attend this event was really fantastic.
It’s hard to say which was toughest ….. a 17 hour drive from Vincentia or Caitlin Epps’ journey from Geraldton WA, which wins in terms of distance travelled …. even though Leo, Tom, Thomas and Jean from Noumea come a close second there.
However, I do also have to acknowledge the determination of Cam and Nomes from Melbourne, who fought the challenges of two flights cancelled by different airlines on the Thursday, one of which they were already at the airport for and about to board.
(They eventually got in the air early on Good Friday and arrived just in time for briefing.)
I would like to take this opportunity to again thank our on-water team of RQYS Volunteers, for giving their time so that we can do what we love, and our PRO John Hooper for volunteering his time and travelling to Queensland for this event.
I would also like to thank Gordon and Lindy McGilvray at Sunstate Hobie for their support in donating prizes and providing emergency gear deliveries over the weekend.
You can find the final results for the event on the RQYS website or by following this link – https://www.sailwave.com/results/HobieCatQLDChampionships.htm
As many of you are already aware, there were a few photographers on the water over the weekend.
The excellent photos on display in the RQYS bar and at the Presentation Dinner were taken on Day 1 by professional photographer Toni Moran.
You can view the photos again on her Earth Dreaming website by following this link – https://www.earthdreaming.com.au/p846657701.
High resolution copies of her photos are available to purchase for a reasonable fee.
Gordon from Sunstate Hobie was also out there yesterday and took some great photos and video footage which is now available to view on the Sunstate Hobie facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sunstatehobie/
So thanks again everyone for your attendance and support in making this such a successful regatta.