The 60th Flying Fifteen State Championships were held over the weekend of the weekend of the 17th/18th February on the waters of Lake Victoria. 10 boats made the journey with entrants from as far away as Canberra, Lake Macquarie, Adelaide and David Tabb from the UK.

The boat park was buzzing as the breeze picked up, conditions for the championship were light at best and we were lucky enough to race all 6 races. Saturday afternoon was very much lake sailing in a slight building breeze around 7-8 knots, with the usual shifts and holes but the local Rainey Bros. Ian and Craig pulled through with 2 x bullets and a 4th. Close behind was David Tabb and David Bennett with an equal second to Sue and Cam, another 2nd and a bullet in the third race putting ARK in 2nd overall.
The Saturday night social was well attended and sailors dined at the Old Pub. The beer was cold, the food was good and tales from the day flowed on into the night.
Dawn broke on Sunday with a light breeze and a scheduled start of 10.30am. The boats hit the water and after a brief postponement racing was on. Dale Collings and Andrew Mason had a glamour of a race to finish 1st, Chris Villa and Mark Holmes a close 2nd with Sue andVCam in 3rd. Race 5 went back to the Raineys and Race 6 saw Dale and Andrew dominate the fleet with another bullet followed by the Raineys and Sue and Cam in another second dead heat for 2nd.
Craig and Ian Rainey sailing “Where the bloody hell are you?” took out the championship with 9.5points, followed by David Tabb and David Bennett in “ARK” and Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor in “Freshwater”. Presentation was well supported with a couple of life members, Bill Shand and Michael Clark receiving very nice bucket hats. GLYC put on a great event and we thank John Spencer, volunteers and friends for their input.
The silver trophy was awarded to Father and son team of Lewis and Shane Davies sailing Ffidelity and the Classic Trophy was awarded to Bruce Johnson and Geraldine Lewin sailing April Dancer from Apollo Bay