by Simon Dubbin
On a fantastic Autumn weekend, Parkdale Yacht Club on Port Philip Bay, put on a fantastic event. There was plenty of sun and wind greeting the thirty young competitors. Racing on Saturday consisted of two sessions of three races in a 10-18 kt SE breeze.
The Competitors. - Zhik/Ronstan VIC Open Bic State Championships 2013
Showing great form in the morning/afternoon sessions was the current U13 Girls World Champ, Kristen Wadley (Qld) having six bullets closely followed By locals Jack Challands and Ethan O' Brien with Jazz Agius-Jones (Qld) making the top four. With the occasional 20+ kt wind gusts coming through the race course in the afternoon the Bics were flying over the course in balls of spray giving the spectators a great view of the planning abilities of the Open Bic,there were plenty of smiles on shore at the conclusion of the days sailing....
Ready to Start - Zhik/Ronstan VIC Open Bic State Championships 2013
With the sun out and waiting for the expected Northerly wind, a unique event with the Open Bic, the freestyle event took place where the sailors pair up and try to mast climb,boom walk ,etc through a short knock out event.
With the wind arriving the last three races took place in 8-12kts. Kristen was challenged again but showed great form to win from the chasing pack, completing a clean sweep of the series.
Kristen Wadley Tinaroo YC first
Jazz Agius-Jones Tinaroo YC second
Jack Challands Sandringhan/Parkdale YC third
Ethan O'Brien Parkdale YC fourth