Cadet Victorian Championship competitors battle changing conditions

Samaran (Anton and Julian Sasson) lead to the top mark, followed by RGYC’s Assasin (Jessica Case and Emily Goodfellow) - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club
Geelong’s Corio Bay was whipped up with wild weather today for the Cadet fleet competing in the International Cadet Victorian Championship.

The fleet were sent out shortly after lunch in bright warm sunshine and light patchy airs, which was predicted to build as the sea breeze approached. Crews were enjoying the warmth after spending the morning swimming in the marina to keep cool.

How conditions can change quickly. A line of 18-20 knot breeze from the south east surprised some crews who struggled to upturn the capsized boats in the choppy waves. Dark clouds came in, then the rain and squalling wind.

Racing commenced with most crews choosing the boat end to start. Coming off two bullets yesterday the Sasson brothers, Anton and Julian (Samaran) came into the top mark a boat length ahead of local Jessica Case and Emily Goodfellow (Assassin). This however quickly changed as Assassin overtook Samaran before the hitch mark to keep her lead to take line honours.

The first spinnaker run was very testing for the cadet fleet, with many capsizing and struggling in the conditions. RGYC Cadet Captain Emma Woods (Starlight Express) suffered rudder issues and became one of the many retirements of the race.

After race 3 was completed, racing was abandoned for the rest of the day. With fantastic support from volunteers in rescue boats, all crews returned to shore safely.

Racing continues tomorrow.

Full results got to www.rgyc.com.au

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Midnight Magic (Charlie Friend and Ben Townson) - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Starlight Express (Emma Woods and Claire Townson) had rudder issues on the spinnaker run and later retired - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Magoo 2 (Patrick Chipp and Jack Furey) from Sandringham Yacht Club - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Assasin (Jessica Case and Emily Goodfellow) took the lead shortly after the top mark and stretched to a convincing win. - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Driving rain and strong winds made it hard for cadets returning to the RGYC marina - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

One of many capsizes for the day in testing conditions for the cadet fleet. - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Monty (Will Davies and James Barrow) - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club

After postponement in the morning for no wind, Race 3 got underway in the afternoon. - International Cadet Victorian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club