Bluebird Victorian Championships - Day 1 Report
by Ben Walter
With great anticipation, the first day of the Bluebird Victorian Championships took place in near perfect Mediterranean-esque conditions last Sunday 26 February.
All the usual "elite athletes" and their Bluebirds were in attendance, as were the more social boats, all throwing their hats in the ring in the hope of being crowned the fastest Bluebird in the Galaxy.
Race 1 saw Panacea cure Secret, Drambuie and Tandeka of their desire for glory and Race 2 saw Drambuie drink Panacea by only 1 second, a great example of class racing.
On conclusion of racing, the fleet returned to the green, green grass of Royals to share food and beverage and to debrief on the tactics used during the day.
Much was learned about starting a race on time, ensuring spinnaker halyards are fastened correctly to save a climb up the mast mid-race, how PHS handicaps are unfairly inherited and other trivia that will influence future racing, I am sure.
All look forward to getting back on the water for Day 2 of the Championships this Saturday 4th March with the warning signal scheduled for 10:55 (and 11:25 for Bunyip Dreaming). Full Day 1 results can be viewed on the RYCV website.
Photo by David Wallace