When the Victor Harbor Yacht Club hosted the Mosquito Catamaran National Championships during the first week of January 2022, it was the first time the class had held the event since the onset of COVID.
With 18 boats on the water, it was a relief for the organizers who had spent considerable time setting up the series.
For 13-year-old Grace Rogers, this was her first national sailing event.
Grace and her father Steve Rogers, on Cat-el, did exceptionally well in the Mark 2 division, securing second place overall.
South Australians Justin and Kalahni Bissi on Jelly Legs came in first, with Victorians Rob and Alex Lott on Grayce coming in a close third.
“This year, the Victor Harbor Yacht Club hosted the Mosquito Nationals. I was fortunate enough to participate in the regatta with my father, Stephen Rogers,” Grace said proudly.
“In very windy conditions, alongside some local and interstate competitors, the race was fast and competitive. After a tight run and a swim or two, some great friendships were made at the beach.”
In the Mark 1 division, the South Australians again took first place, with Warwick Kemp on Atreus being closely pursued by Victorian sailors Neil Joiner on Immunity in second and Tim Shepperd on Brakefree in third.
However, the Spinnaker division was dominated by the Victorians, who had Gary Maskiell on Bees Knees in first place, Pete Kiely on Sixth Element in second and Mathew Stone on The Joker in third at the end of a very exciting series, with races tight. all along.
The club held a presentation dinner on Saturday January 8 to end the series.
This was provided by the hardworking and diligent volunteers, who not only kept the deck, galley and lifeboats busy for the entire week, but also cooked up an amazing feast that all enjoyed.
The sailors were happy to get in the water, grateful to the Victor Harbor Yacht Club for hosting the event and despite the small numbers it was a successful and fun series.
The Victor Harbor Yacht Club (VHYC) is available for charter for groups of up to 60 people with current restrictions in place. With great views and lovely spacious rooms, the VHYC is the perfect local venue for any occasion.
For more information contact 8552 4837 or visit www.vhyc.com.au